Ruby Rose threw fries at a bartender, but she says she had a pretty good reason.

Ruby Rose may be used to playing a criminal in Orange is the New Black but generally speaking she tends to keep her well formed nose fairly clean.

As one of Australia’s most personable exports it seemed a little out of character then when she was accused of throwing a tantrum – and her food – in a New Orleans restaurant last week.

“She was having like a tantrum. She was awful,” restaurant owner Seung Hong told Nola.com, accusing Rose of throwing a handful of chips at one of his bartenders.

He also labelled her “a bully” and said she was the first person he’d ever thrown out of his restaurant.

“She picked up a handful of french fries and threw them at him,” he said.

“I think she was like… trying to be a bully.”

Rose is no bully, however, and took to social media to explain herself.


Yes, she did throw some chips, but only after the bartender in question provoked her by making “vulgar” comments about her sobriety.

After waiting an hour and a half for her food (which never came, by the way), Rose says she approached the bar to check on it.

She was offered free drinks but declined, explaining she was sober.

“[The bartender] then made some really rude and vulgar comments to the table,” she explained in a post on her official Facebook page.

“When someone makes repeated derogatory jokes about the sobriety I worked so hard to achieve, it’s hard not to react emotionally. So I threw a singular fry at him.”

You can read the full the full post here:

The bartender clearly didn’t get the message because as Rose was leaving he returned, along with his offensive commentary.

“He came back as we were getting ready to leave and continued making awful comments, so I continued with the fries,” she said.

“Every day I learn new lessons about handling cultural and social ignorance. I am deeply regretful to the French fry and I am regretful that I reacted at all. Maybe next time I won’t throw fries, then again, maybe next time that bartender won’t tell someone who is sober to ‘go call your f*cking sponsor!”

Fair enough, really.

Since we’re talking Ruby Rose, here she is on OITNB:

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