Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/06/2012 07:11:38 AM PDT
Updated: 10/06/2012 11:56:46 PM PDT

An L.A. County Fair vendor employee is accusing Upland Councilman and mayoral candidate Gino Filippi of pushing him following a dispute over the price of a hat.

Randy Garcia of Upland, the booth manager of Hat Zone, said he is seeking an apology from Filippi, whom he accuses of harassing his two female employees before getting into a physical altercation on Sept. 7.

Filippi, a member of the L.A. County Fair Association, said the accusations are false.

“I was told he would come back and apologize the next day,” said Garcia. “I still haven’t gotten an apology to this day.”

No charges were filed and no police report was taken, but Pomona police Capt. Michael Ellis confirmed that Filippi was part of a group involved in a disturbance at the Fair.

“Officers were hailed out there by the vendor. At the time, no one desired a report or prosecution or anything like that,” he said. “The group left on their own, the Fair was closing and they just left.”

Ellis said it was not reported to the officer that Filippi had become physical with the vendor.

“There was an argument and both parties were spoken to,” he said. “There was no indication that Filippi was involved in a battery or anything like that.”

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