Cornell student accused of assault, hurling racial slurs issues apology

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Court documents obtained by NewsChannel 9 on Wednesday describe moments that lead up to an alleged assault in Ithaca that police say was “racially motivated.” 

Three witnesses claim that 19-year-old Cornell student John Greenwood assaulted another student outside an Eddy Street home on Friday, yelling racial slurs at the man. 

Court documents say the victim was “bloodied” after the incident. He was not seriously injured.

On Wednesday, Greenwood issued a statement saying:

“Last Friday, I was involved in a verbal exchange which I deeply regret.
  
I used language that was completely unacceptable and inappropriate; language that neither reflects my values nor who I am.
 
For that, I accept full responsibility and sincerely apologize to my fellow students, the entire Cornell community and my family and friends.
 
Looking ahead, I am committed to doing everything I need to make things right.
  
In the fullness of time I am confident that the truth of what happened will be clear.  However, even a full exoneration cannot justify my use of such abhorrent language.   

 I sincerely apologize for my behavior.”  

Greenwood has now been charged with assault and is due back in court later this month.

Additional charges are likely pending, police say.

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