When Claudia and Stan Gocman hired Anthony Aurelius to film their wedding in London, they didn't think they were hiring an anti-Semitic knuckledragger. But when they got a chance to view his work, they discovered he'd ruined the video with ugly anti-Semitic commentary.
Jewish people “never respected themselves,” the voice they believed to belong to Aurelius could be heard saying, labeling Jewish women “snooty.”The Jewish Chronicle, a UK-based Jewish weekly newspaper, obtained some of the footage. Watch here.
Also on the video, heard by ABC News, was the line, “Some of the Jewish women are very beautiful to look at, but I can tell you, they’re fucking cows. They’d be a pain in the ass.”
While filming the newlyweds dancing, the voice believed to be Aurelius could be heard talking with an assistant, saying, “Mental, Israeli dancing, isn’t it? There’s a real feeling of like, they’re better than everybody else. Jewish.” The assistant seems to respond, “That’s why Holocaust.” And Aurelius seems to fire back with, “I don’t think I blame Hitler.”
The Gocsmans were married in August 2012, but had to wait nine months to get the video--and when Aurelius sent it, it was the wrong one. When they finally got the correct one, it was dreadful. According to the JC, the quality was terrible and key moments were missing. So they paid the cost of the hard drive so they could get the raw footage and edit it themselves. What they got was a load of anti-Semitic bile.
Aurelius responded with a nopology. While he refunded the Gocsmans' money, he claimed they were attacking him.
“They want to attack me. It’s very upsetting, I’m sorry that they’re doing this. I’ve said I’m sorry and have refunded them,” he said.Let's see if we've got this right. You ruin a couple's wedding day, and you complain that you're being attacked when the couple goes public? How dense can you get? You're really lucky they're not suing you for every penny you have.
“What’s worse, what they’ve done - or a quiet conversation between me and my partner?”
He said the offending comments were “definitely not done out of malice or ignorance. I never meant to hurt anyone. In retrospect, it was just an idle stupid conversation with my partner. It was private.
“I said it highlighted a character flaw in me. All I can do is pray to God and speak honestly and truthfully.”