Footage from a security camera at the Denver International Airport shows a Republic Airways pilot and female co-worker engaging in a disturbing physical fight on a jet bridge.
The video obtained by ABC News begins as the male pilot walks up to a female co-worker and appears to spit on her. She then slaps him in the face and the pilot begins to punch her in the stomach and face multiple times.
Both employees have been terminated, according to the airline.
The incident took place during a layover on Sept. 14, according to the Denver Police Department. The security footage, which was leaked on the website FlyerTalk, is now at the center of their investigation.
The employees, identified as 36-year-old William Thomas and 29-year-old Marisha Sporer, were arrested and charged with assault and disturbing the peace.
Thomas and Sporer had been involved in an intimate relationship, according to a probable cause statement obtained by ABC News. Allegedly, the relationship went south when Sporer saw something she didn’t like on Thomas’s phone.
“They both agreed to break up so Thomas went onto the plane and sat in the cock-pit and Sporer went to the gate,” according to a probable cause affidavit. “Sporer became angry and went onto the plane to confront Thomas. Sporer grabbed Thomas by the neck tie and slapped him in the face with an open hand three times. Thomas retaliated by grabbing Sporer and striking her in the ribs with a closed fist.”
They are both scheduled to appear in court next week, reports ABC News.
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