‘This was a private chat’: PR governor apologizes for using Spanish slur in reference to NYC councilwoman

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The governor of Puerto Rico was in damage-control mode after the leak of an offensive conversation revealed he called a New York official a “puta,” or the Spanish equivalent of “whore,” as well as profane and personal attacks on others.

Blaming his reference to then New York City council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in part on lack of sleep, Ricardo Rossello nevertheless apologized.

“None of this justifies the words I’ve written,” he said. “My apologies to all the people I have offended.

Rossello further downplayed his remarks as “a private chat.”