ESPN suspends Britt McHenry after reporter belittles parking lot attendant in ugly rant

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NEW YORK (PIX11) - ESPN quickly benched Britt McHenry after a video showing the reporter belittling a parking lot attendant went viral after it appeared on LiveLeak.com.

"In an intense and stressful moment, I allowed my emotions to get the best of me and said some insulting and regrettable things," McHenry tweeted.

(LiveLeak)

(LiveLeak)

McHenry had been eating at a Chinese restaurant when her car was towed, according to her Twitter feed.  While paying to get her vehicle out of the lot, surveillance cameras captured a nasty exchange.

The video shows McHenry lashing out at a female towing company employee who is off camera, saying, "I'm in the news sweetheart, I will f--king sue this place."

Even after the attendant points out that she's being recorded, McHenry starts personally attacking her looks, job and intelligence.

(LiveLeak)

(LiveLeak)

"That's why I have a degree and you don't . . . I wouldn't work at a scumbag place like this anyway," McHenry says, telling the woman she has "No education, no skill set," and asking her, "Do you feel good about your job?  So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?   Why, because I have a brain and you don't?"

(LiveLeak)

(LiveLeak)

The clerk finally responds to the attacks by telling her, "Don't say that."  McHenry smirks and adds, "Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?  Oh like yours cause they look so stunning (talking about the woman's teeth).  Cause I'm on television and your in a fu**cking trailer honey.  Lose some weight, baby girl."

BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16:  Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose poses for a photo with ESPN reporter Britt McHenry after an interview prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

BRIDGEPORT, CT - JUNE 16: Former Major League Baseball player Pete Rose poses for a photo with ESPN reporter Britt McHenry after an interview prior to managing the game for the Bridgeport Bluefish against the Lancaster Barnstormers at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard on June 16, 2014 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

ESPN has suspended McHenry for a week over the incident.

"As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road," McHenry tweeted.  "I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake."