*The man who was caught on video berating and throwing dollar bills at a man with Parkinson’s disease during a health care protest in Columbus last week says he is remorseful and scared.
“I snapped. I absolutely snapped and I can’t explain it any other way,” Chris Reichert of Victorian Village, told the Columbus Dispatch.
In his first comments on an incident that went viral across the Internet and was repeatedly played on cable television news shows, Reichert said he is sorry about his confrontation with Robert A. Letcher, 60, of the North Side.
Letcher, a former nuclear engineer who suffers from Parkinson’s, was verbally attacked as he sat cross-legged before a throng of anti-health care demonstrators in front of Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy’s district office last week.
“He’s got every right to do what he did and some may say I did too, but what I did was shameful,” Reichert said. “I haven’t slept since that day.”
“I made a donation (to a local Parkinson’s disease group) and that starts the healing process.”
Earlier this week, Reichert, 40, denied that he was in the Dispatch video that drew an emotional response from viewers across the country.
“I wanted this to go away, but it won’t and I’m paying the consequences,” Reichert said.
He said he’s fearful for his family after reading comments about his actions on the Internet.
“I’ve been looking at the web sites,” he said. “People are hunting for me.”
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