The man who launched a racist tirade on a London Tube train before being floored with a punch has been unmasked as a rich businessman’s son.
Billy Steele, 31, has today been named as the person who called black passengers ‘pets’ in a shocking viral video.
And he is the son of ‘wealthy’ construction firm owners in Croydon, reports MailOnline.
His mother Toni Steele claimed her son does not want to press assault charges against the man who knocked him out.
The construction company owner told the Mail from her home in Coulsdon, south London that it was her son in the video and that he had “Owned up.”
“He is getting help for his behaviour,” she said.
The Mail reports Steele junior is a construction worker who works for the family firm.
It has been reported he lives in an apartment block in Mottingham, south-east London and wasn’t home when reporters visited on Wednesday.
Footage that shows a shaven-headed man swaying from handrails on the Central Line as he shouts “it’s my home” and “you know it as well” went viral earlier this week.
In the first of two clips posted on Twitter of the incident reported to police on Saturday, the man in the video demands that someone out of shot tells him their name before shouting “no, you’re black”.
When a woman behind the camera asks what the relevance of the person’s blackness is, he tells her to shut up.
In the footage that sparked outrage, the man can be seen rocking back and forward singing “lesser than us, they’re lesser than us”.
He then yells that the black people on the train are ‘pets’.
In a second clip from the same account, the same man, wearing a dark t-shirt and beige shorts walks up to a group of black men as they get off the train at Bank Station.
One of them suddenly turns and socks him in the face, knocking him out.
A woman can be heard laughing as he lies prone on the train carriage floor.
British Transport Police (BTP) did not comment on claims Mr Steele had handed himself in to police reported by the Mail Online, citing his mother.
She declined to comment to Mirror Online.
A former friend of Steele’s told the Mail many of his friends had distanced themselves from him in recent years, claiming his behaviour had escalated.
They said: “I believe he needs help for his mental health. I don’t think he intends it to be malicious but he’s almost in self-destruct mode.
“Even from the videos showing him on the Tube train, he doesn’t seem to make sense, he’s speaking gibberish.”
A spokesperson for the BTP told Mirror Online: “British Transport Police are aware of two videos on social media showing an incident on a Central Line Underground train on 15 August. Enquiries are ongoing, and any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 167 of 16/08/20.”