ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Police have released the supermarket confrontation between a state lawmaker and the man she claims told her to "Go back where she came from."
Part of that video also includes police interviews with store employees and one manager disputes what State Representative Erica Thomas said at her press conference.
"She (Thomas) said, if you're not happy then you can leave the store. Then he called her ignorant again and then she said, well 'you can go back from where you came from,' and was pointing him out the door," said Publix employee Sharanda Murrell.
Eric Sparkes says he feels like the video shows he was never aggressive towards Thomas.
"I feel like I will be totally exonerated with my version of what the video is going to show," said Sparkes.
Thomas did not respond back to CBS 46'S inquires about the new video.
A Cobb County man might sue a Georgia lawmaker after she claimed he told her, “Go back to where you came from,” during a confrontation at a grocery store.
Eric Sparkes says he is in the process of exploring with attorneys a defamation lawsuit against State Rep. Erica Thomas. He says he never made any type of racist remark nor did he say that phrase during their argument over the weekend at a Publix in Mableton.
Sparkes says he has been unable to have the opportunity to share his side of this story, uninterrupted so he wanted to do a Facebook live with CBS 46's Brittany Edney about what happened.
Sparkes claims he simply pointed out to a shopper, whom he says he didn’t recognize as a state lawmaker, that she had too many items in the lane designated for shoppers with 10 items or fewer.
State Rep. Erica Thomas acknowledges she had too many items, but she said she explained to the man that she’s 9-months pregnant and has trouble standing for long periods of time. Both Thomas and Sparkes admit they exchanged words and both left the store.
When Thomas came home, she posted an emotional video on her Facebook page, saying a white man berated her using racist language.
“He says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch. You need to go back where you came from,’” Thomas said tearfully in the video.
The video quickly gained traction on social media because of President Donald Trump’s controversial tweet earlier this month in which he suggested that four nonwhite Congresswomen “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done.”
The next day, as Thomas met with reporters outside the Publix, she was surprised to see Sparkes approach reporters to tell his side of the story. That’s when the two exchanged words once more.
“Do you not feel bad? Do you feel bad at all?” asked Thomas.
“Do you understand you’re a liar?” Sparkes shot back.
“I’m a liar about what?” asked Thomas.
“Everything that happened,” Sparkes answered.
He then acknowledge that he used profanity, but he said it was because she came toward him aggressively after he pointed out that she had too many items in the express checkout lane.
“I called you a lazy b-i-t-c-h,” Sparkes said. That’s the worst thing I said.”
Sparkes then addressed reporters.
“Her video stating that I told her she needs to go back where she came from (is) untrue. I am Cuban. I’m not white. I am white, but I’m Cuban,” he clarified. “I was raised with a Cuban grandmother that didn’t speak any English.”
Sparkes continued, “This woman, Ms. Thomas, is playing the victim for political purposes because she’s a state legislator. I’m a Democrat, number one. I vote Democrat party line, number two. Proven facts, all my facts can be proven. My Facebook, all my statements are anti-Trump, anti-Republican, anti-racism, anti-bigotry.”
A few minutes later, when Sparkes was no longer around, a reporter asked Thomas specifically what Sparkes said in his “go back” remark in the store.
“‘He said, ‘Go back,’ those types of words. I don’t want to say he said, “Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references, is what I remember.’”
At a news conference Monday, flanked by her attorney Gerald Griggs and a handful of Democratic state lawmakers, Thomas stood by what she said in her original Facebook video.
“That’s when he said and made a reference to, ‘Go back where you came from.’”
After her remarks, Thomas declined to answer questions from reporters, instead walking out of the room as her supporters followed behind her.
After Thomas’s news conference, Sparkes sent CBS46 the following statement:
"Ms. Thomas has taken an innocuous situation that began on my part to be about being inconsiderate and turned into a national case about race over night. Ms. Thomas accuses me of telling her to go back to wherever. Those words were never spoken. She backtracked slightly and now is changing her story. I am in the process of exploring with attorneys a defamation lawsuit against her."
The Cobb County Republican Party also speaking out, calling on Rep. Thomas to resign if "it turns out to be true she defamed a private citizen and Democratic constituent for political purposes."
After sending the statement, Sparkes sat down for what he called his "last TV interview." In it, he apologized for calling Thomas a bitch. "I should have left that word out. I should have just said, you're selfish and lazy. I don't disagree with that. I take full responsibility for that."
He maintained that he never made the racist remark which Thomas claims.
"An innocuous situation that happened under 30 seconds and made it into a national story about race. Totally false. It was never about race," said Sparkes. "Those words never came out of my mouth. I know my history, I know my heart."
On Tuesday, Thomas released a statement stating in part, "There are many lessons to be learned from this incident."