Sibahle Nkumbi was reportedly shoved down a flight of stairs, out of her Airbnb rental in Amsterdam, by the building's landlord after she checked out after the designated time.
Amsterdam newspapers reported that the suspect was arrested and held by local law enforcement, and according to a report, prosecutors are considering an attempt to charge the suspect with attempted murder.
In the 30-second video, it sounds like Nkumbi tells the landlord "don't be emotional," and begs the question of why he's throwing her belongings out of her rental.
The host repeatedly says "Out!" and appears to push Nkumbi against the wall. He continues shoving her toward the stairs, and as a result, Nkumbi is thrown violently down a steep set of steps in the stairwell, headfirst.
Before the video ends, Nkumbi can be seen lying on the floor, motionless.
In an interview, Nkumbi claimed that the landlord was "verbally abusive," and claimed that she only awoke after being hospitalized with a concussion and contusions all over her body and face.
Airbnb's Director of Diversity, David King, released the following statement about the purported incident:
Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests. We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.
In an interview with the UK's Sunday Times, Nkumbi said:
“[The host] even said that we are not the great artists or queens that we think we are and that we must leave now‚ this is not Africa. Any person of color who has been a witness of racist attacks will make the connection of the words and will know it when it happens to you.”
She later added, “I guarantee you‚ had this been a white person‚ it would have been differently.”