Sara Romanoski, Woman Who Spilled Wine on Glenn Beck, Tells Her Side

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You may have heard that someone spilled wine on Glenn Beck's wife Monday evening in Bryant Park. Sara Romanoski, a 25-year-old Manhattanite with a penchant for Hitchcock movies, is the culprit. Surprisingly, though Beck has wept about it and many have written about it, no one has bothered to actually speak to the klutz holding the glass spilled 'round the world.

Even though Romanoski's tweets "were open for 24 hours" before she made her account private and she's "easily Googleable," no one asked for her side of the story. Now, Romanoski explains her motives, her suspicious tweets, and her ironic clumsiness exclusively to the Voice.

"We have been going to movies at Bryant Park, Lindsey [Piscitell] and me and various friends along the way, for five or six years," Romanoski says. "I try to go to the Hitchcock films. We were there the first week this year and were planning to go through the summer."

Romanoski arrived on Monday night "about 20 minutes before the film started," after her five friends were camped out (and not in time to even notice what type of wine would later lead to Beck's whine).

The trouble started when she sat down behind this family:

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Romanoski says that she didn't know who it was until "a fan came over and asked for [Beck's] signature." Admitting that "there were hours before the screening that I can't speak to," she says that, from her perspective, Beck's "portrayal that everyone was against him, or that it was an obscene mob, is not accurate."

She did overhear people verbally hazing him modestly:

"People were saying loudly how they were celebrating marriage equality....Someone was referencing their lesbian mothers who make organic granola, that type of general joke...No one was addressing him directly, no one even said his name....It wasn't aggressive at all."

Romanoski says that before the movie, the Becks were "just lounging around, looking at their iPads." On their blanket were a younger man and woman, Beck, his wife, and two bodyguards who were scanning the crowd, but didn't seem concerned to Romanoski.

"It was really innocuous. I felt humor being in such close proximity to him," she says.
Then, she started having some fun at Beck's expense on Twitter.

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Her friends responded:
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Also:
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"They were really juvenile things, nothing I was going to pursue. I wasn't planning on actually doing anything," Romanoski says. Still, she found his presence distracting:
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And then, things got interesting.
"Four people on our blanket had fallen asleep. The movie was maybe 75 percent of the way through. I decided I wanted a second glass of wine, so I reached over my friends, and my friend handed me the bottle. I filled the glass, which I tried to balance between my calves. Which turned out not to be the most well thought out plan, because as I was trying to return the cap to the wine, I spilled the glass...onto the open space between our blankets.

"I couldn't see, but it had made a small puddle, behind [Beck's wife.] I felt awful about spilling wine onto the American flag -- in front of Glenn Beck! I immediately offered my profuse apologies. My friend said he thought a little got on [Beck's wife's] pants, but it didn't seem like anything serious and it certainly didn't soak her."

One of the younger members of Beck's party asked "if it was water or wine. I explained it was white wine, and offered them our cloth napkins," which Beck nor his wife took.

Romanoski then tried to tweet the Daily Show:

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Didn't she really want Beck to make her famous? She says she didn't take the event all that seriously:

The Becks "ended up leaving before the end of the film, but about 45 minutes after the incident. They were incredibly calm...it didn't seem like a big deal...Beyond their calmness, they had two security guards who did not move, and didn't react in anyway."

Whether she wanted it or not, Beck would make the situation famous the next day on his radio show:

Was Romanoski surprised?

"I want to be surprised. But I'm not. The reason I put up that tweet was anticipating that this was going to happen. This is what he does. This is what I'd seen that he does with his material, and now being in it first hand, I understand he was looking for something to get worked up about it. I don't know if he'd have reported [the evening] if I hadn't had my faux pas! I don't know if he'd say still say people had been jeering him and his wife... I think he's looking to satisfy his audience and express his theatrics. That's it. In person, he reflected none of the anger or his sincere expressions of love and wishes for people to pray for me that he displayed on his show last night as he cried. So now I have all of his love and prayers. Thank you. Really? You don't have to."

Does she think that Dr. Freud would have made anything of her taunting tweets, followed by her clumsy glass?

"Think about it, " she says. "If you could dream up a passive aggressive response in a similar circumstance, wouldn't it be to spill something?" Still, she maintains, "It was an accident. I offered my profuse apologies immediately," adding that in the middle of the 39 Steps "would be the wrong time [to purposely spill something], when there is the substantial amount of time in the film and no practical way" to exit.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher


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real world1
real world1

So Glenn is on his show spilling out lies all day turning the truth to make him look so innocent and to make everyone he talks bad about look like devils, he says what ever he wants he only lets people talk on his show that have the same crap to say. they just repeat what he says like little birds with no real minds of there own.  he wont let people go on his show to prove him wrong so they voice there opinion to his face and he does not like to get the same stuff he dishes out and to all you conservative on here you guys sound like children calling for the death of this girl grow up you sound like glen he will fade out with the rest of the trash he is just trying to keep the light burning as long as he can so he can help all those huge corporations that he supports make as much money as they can until the train stops. people like him always screw up and the truth about them come out!

Normal New Yorker
Normal New Yorker

Glenn Beck just tries to sensationalize anything!An innocent girl spills her wine and he's being victimized for being a conservative.  Give me a break, no wonder FoxNews said this guy is too much...

James Asbury
James Asbury

He plays with people's brains so it's only fair that people should play with his.

Russell
Russell

Her denials when looking at the tweets just don't have the ring of truth. I think she wanted her 15 minutes of fame and he gave it to her. She should just be happy and shut up.

Cateyes200
Cateyes200

So the "victims" of glenn beck who "by accident" kicked wine on his wife and their twitter feeds that prove otherwise are of no interest to you?

AlCashier
AlCashier

we read all the tweets, they were vicious, all hatefilled towards the entire Beck Family, and that little obamabrat ought to be stuffed in a sack and her butt thrown in the Hudson.

Mahakala
Mahakala

Funny how she left out the tweet she recieved that suggested she "accidently" spill wine on Beck. It was no accident.

Anonymous
Anonymous

the real question here is, who gives a shit. it's obvious that neither of them are telling the full truth, and neither of them deserve this much attention. 

arkivx
arkivx

Lindsey Piscitell is human feces.

arkivx
arkivx

So turns out the c^nts did "spill" it on purpose, what a couple of complete bitches.

Tacheronb
Tacheronb

Don't you think that the most incriminating tweets of these two young ladies should be included in this story? Such as the one suggesting that someone should spill wine on the Becks (ie, before exactly that happened)?

This appears to have been a battery. There is absolutely no excuse for the behavior of the two young ladies and their companions, and their own words via "social media" are going to be their undoing. They deserve some jail time. Disagreeing with someone's politics does not excuse this sort of behavior.

Lisanne!
Lisanne!

Maybe Beck can sue her for 5 million dollars after she gets 20 years for her most heinous crime. 

After all, the man's a saint.

CurriculumVeto
CurriculumVeto

If a conservative did jail time for spilling wine on a liberal (intentionally or not), Beck would point to this as proof of a rising police state. The girl may have been a jerk (I don't know and neither do you), but battery? That's some nanny state BS.

obamadumaduma
obamadumaduma

I screwed this bitch and what a PIG!  Way to many beers that night!!!  WHAT A COW

Heather Moore
Heather Moore

They portray themselves as the victims...lying scum.  Too bad they forgot about their 'tweets".Idiots.........

janesoutham
janesoutham

When I read stories like this, it just confirms that I made the right decision to move out of NYC to a place thousands of miles away. I lived there for 32 years, and the intolerance by liberals towards others who weren't, drove me crazy.  

j
j

Yes, the evil liberals victimize poor conservatives. That's why they avoid living in the more ultra conservative areas of the country. They realize their penchant toward meanness and want to spare innocent conservatives from their wrath.

CurriculumVeto
CurriculumVeto

I lived in a southern suburb for 10 years. The intolerance of Christians and conservatives against those who were gay, anti-war, atheist, etc. drove me crazy. I'm now a proud New Yorker.

Gwiz1747
Gwiz1747

I think you should keep moving, Jane. The further, the better. By the way, disagreement is not intolerance. It's free speech. You know, that whole America, freedom, Constitutionthing. Intolerance would be not letting you say what you want. And you just did. Dimwit.

Lady Shondra
Lady Shondra

these are the same ppl who give lip service to believing in diversity.  they do not want diversity, especially of opinions and political views.  their way or the highway.  that is just to ironic isn't it?  they are too stupid and ignorant to even realize the dichotomy.

Pug
Pug

Glenn's got this young lady's picture up on his web site and, probably, is showing it on TV.  Millions of people will see it and some of them, like Beck himself, might be a little unbalanced.  I'm sure the threats are already pouring in.

Beck uses his TV show not as a bully pulpit, but to be a bully.

Fitznclay2003
Fitznclay2003

Asking for suggestions of "What should I do?"

speaks volumes

Her friends pased out, and the skank was drunk

CurriculumVeto
CurriculumVeto

Clearly she must be a "skank."Stay classy, Fitz!

arkivx
arkivx

Clearly she is a piece of human excrement, an attention whore of the lowest order.

shopnnut
shopnnut

Everybody knows that Liberals lie about what they do.  How ironic that they spew all this verbal vomit about tolerance, acceptance, kindness, yada, yada, yada, and then, like a snake, they strike with a vengeance, but of course nothing is ever their fault.

j
j

So youre talking about the typical format for Glenn Beck's show...

Alexander Cardosa
Alexander Cardosa

So all this happen and no one video it with their smart phone, kind of strange very strange. 

Seth Morris
Seth Morris

In a park...at night...you expect everybody to be filming behind Glenn Beck waiting for something to happen? Seriously?  Think about it. Also, she said it was white wine, so it's not like it's going to leave red stains...

Bevin Mors
Bevin Mors

I think that the verbal hazing she mentions is enough of a reason to be upset. And asking for ideas about what to do is childish = but I guess that's libs for you. NYC why would ANYONE who has half a brain LIVE there??? I HATE big cities ... but that's just me ...

CurriculumVeto
CurriculumVeto

So it's all right for Beck to spew his views on TV, the radio, at rallies, etc., but professing happiness over gay marriage in a public park is "enough of a reason to be upset"?

overitliberal
overitliberal

keep it that way stay out.  Have you watched  Glenns show or listened to your precious other conservative pundits who sling outrageous lies and mud at people calling for violence against people calling fellow candidates for office pals of terrorists and and fueling hatred and lies.  And liberals are immature?  WTF KINDA CUNTRY CRACK YOU ON CRACKER?   Stay in podunk and mary a couple of cousins and brothers.  MORON! If you say the hateful things he does and expect to go in public and applause and love you are a sick delusional fuck which is waht he is.  Ohh and a liar anything to get richer huh?  No matter if it endangers people or damages the country. 

JoannaJ
JoannaJ

This is the perfect example of a real liberal responds and exactly why Beck's perspective is much more believable than Sara's. Meanwhile, Sara's friend Lindsey got a tweet suggesting wine be spilled on Beck accidentally on purpose. How do you know a liberal is lying? Because he or she is talking.

Guest
Guest

How do you know a liberal is lying? Because he or she is talking.hahahaha, arent you a sharp wit and a big old hoot! You deserve Beck moron. 

Pug
Pug

Oh, now that's good joke about how you know a liberal is lying.  You make that up yourself?

ines
ines

At least it was a select few that heard the verbal hazing...unlike glenn beck who has an audience of thousands to spew his hate.  Hey what goes around comes around.  If your going to be a hate monger to thousands then you should be ready for what comes your way

Gwiazdza
Gwiazdza

Oh well, at least it wasn't vomit!

jaypee
jaypee

Beck makes a living making mountains out of molehills. This claim is a big nothing. Beck's fans shoot and kill liberals...they've done it many times. Sick.

Seth Morris
Seth Morris

Can you give a reference to prove this? 

6969
6969

Anyone who listens to Beck is a mindless moron.

arkivx
arkivx

Anyone who voted for Obama is a communist! See I can generalize too libturd!

Seth Morris
Seth Morris

That's an opinion that makes sense.  If people don't see eye to eye on politics, they're a moron.  Classy! 

La Grand Puta
La Grand Puta

He's gonna cry 96 tears....he's gonna cry cry cry for America...... with a pit stop at the bank.Lady Gaga's little monsters should be as aggressive as Glenn Beck's ignorant little demons.

AOGutierrez
AOGutierrez

Beck was using THE AMERICAN FLAG as a F@#%ing blanket?

Alan Cain
Alan Cain

You think he knows how to show respect for the flag? He IS a "conservative", after all. No room left in his head for things like respect or decency. He probably has flag underwear on, and you know how gassy he is...

Seth Morris
Seth Morris

It was a flag blanket...not an actual flag.  Look at the picture! 

arkivx
arkivx

The libturd moon bats are grasping at straws.

fud
fud

No part of Sara's denial rings true. I don't believe for one second the spill was accidental, that she was the least bit disturbed that she'd spilled it "onto the American flag," nor that she felt the slightest regret at the time.

Bevin Mors
Bevin Mors

He is Mormon too and they don't DRINK!

NYC
NYC

She was upset that Beck would excoriate her because she had spilled wine onto the American flag, not that she had spilled the wine onto it.

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