Ohio Nazi sympathizer featured in New York Times loses job, home

December 1, 2017 GMT

Ohio Nazi sympathizer featured in New York Times loses job, home

NEW CARLISLE, Ohio — A Nazi sympathizer who was the subject of a controversial New York Times feature reportedly is paying the price for the story, saying both he and his wife have lost their jobs and are leaving their home.

Tony Hovater, 29, and his wife, Maria, were fired from their jobs at 571 Grill and Draft House in New Carlisle, USA Today reports.

The Times story did not report that Hovater and his wife worked at the restaurant. But once readers learned he was employed there, they began calling and expressing displeasure, the Times reports.

The Washington Post reports the owners of the restaurant released a statement saying they were unaware of Hovater’s views. After the article was published, the restaurant has been inundated with upset callers and messages on social media.

Hovater suggested the owners fire him, the Post reports, although he tells the Times the restaurant made the decision to fire him.. Hovater, his wife and his brother-in-law all were let go.

“We felt it necessary to fully sever the relationship with them in hopes to protect our 20 other employees from the verbal and social media threats being made from individuals all over the country, and as far as Australia. We neither encourage nor support any forms of hate within our establishment,” the owners said in the statement.

Hovater tells the Post he’s moving because he can no longer afford the rent and because of safety concerns.

“It’s not for the best to stay in a place that is now public information,” he said. “We live alone. No one else is there to watch the house while I’m away.”

Meanwhile, a white nationalist website has raised about $8,000 for Hovater and his wife.

New Carlisle is located in southeast Ohio, just northeast of Dayton.

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