Man behind costume in bunny brawl shows up to court in Tampa

Hillsborough County

The Easter bunny wasn’t haven’t it Sunday in Orlando when he said he witnessed a man fighting with a woman.

So, he stepped in.

On Thursday, when Antoine McDonald stepped out of court, he came right up to our camera and spoke one-on-one with News Channel 8’s Corey Davis.

“Soon as I was forced to take off that mask, you guys realized I was an African American, you said ‘oh no, this guy can’t be coming on,’ so we’re going to find a way to shut that down ASAP,” he said.

McDonald claims his race has something to do with people latching on to the story of the bunny brawl and his criminal record, which is unrelated to the fight.

News Channel 8 learned he was in Hillsborough County Court to face charges of possessing a fake driver’s license and failing to return a rental car.

“I had a fake ID, which has nothing to do with the bunny, which has nothing to do with me helping somebody,” McDonald said.

He missed the court hearing where Judge Mark R. Wolfe brought up warrants from New Jersey.

Officials from the South Brunswick, New Jersey police department said he’s a suspect in a string of car burglaries.

But the brawling bunny denies any past wrongdoing.

“There’s no prior record, none whatsoever,” he told Davis near the courthouse.

Since McDonald missed the hearing, Wolfe ordered him arrested, but canceled that when he showed up late.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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