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White Kentucky student in viral video showing her repeatedly using racial slur and assaulting Black students is charged

Sophia Rosing, a 22-year-old senior, told the arresting officer she has “lots of money” and gets “special treatment,” police said.
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A senior at the University of Kentucky who was captured on a viral video repeatedly hurling a racist slur and physically attacking two Black students told an arresting officer she has “lots of money” and gets “special treatment,” police said.

Sophia Rosing, 22, who is white, is also accused of biting and kicking an arresting officer who responded to Boyd Hall about 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The officer saw her allegedly drunk and repeatedly using a racial epithet to a group of Black women, according to a university police arrest report the university provided Monday.

Univeristy of Kentucky student Sophia Rosing from a video in which she used a racial slur and attacked two Black students.
University of Kentucky student Sophia Rosing in a video said to show her using a racial slur and attacking two Black students. via Facebook

“I placed the female in custody. I removed her from the area where she continued to repeat the same word,” the report says. “Subject stated that she has lots of money and [gets] special treatment. when I told her to sit back in the chair she kicked me and bit my hand.”

Rosing was carrying no form of identification and refused to identify herself, the report said. She was arrested on recommended charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense, second-degree disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and third-degree assault on a police officer, the arrest report said.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Rosing cried at her first court appearance Monday. NBC affiliate WLEX of Lexington reported Rosing’s parents attended the hearing. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15, the station reported.

Rosing’s bond was set at $10,000, and she was released from jail late Monday afternoon. She was ordered to have no contact with Boyd Hall or with the victim and not to consume alcohol, the Herald-Leader reported.

Rosing’s parents could not be reached for comment.

Dillard’s, Rosing's employer, said in a statement on social media that she no longer works there.

The university is evaluating Rosing, a senior studying marketing and merchandising, apparel and textiles, in a process called a student conduct review, a university spokesperson said Monday.

“The University strongly condemns this behavior and will not tolerate it under any circumstance. The safety and well-being of our students has been — and will continue to be — our top priority. These actions are deeply antithetical to what we are and what we always want to be as a community,” the university said in a statement.