An employee of the Brooklyn Manicure Salon was arrested after being photographed pounding a client with a stick in a viral Facebook video, police said Sunday.
Huiyue Zheng, 32, was charged with assault and possession of weapons. She was released on personal bail after a Saturday hearing at the Brooklyn Criminal Court.
Another client, Christina Thomas – the woman Zheng is accused of beating – was also arrested.
Thomas is accused of beating, punching and shooting a 35-year-old woman in the living room. She was also released on her own commitment.
The viral video – which aired Friday and Sunday night had over 650,000 views – was shot at the new Red Apple Nails on Nostrand Avenue. near Martense Street in East Flatbush.
It shows salon workers surrounding a woman. One of the workers then begins to hit the woman with a blue broom.
While the woman is running away from the business, a second client shouts, "What are you doing!" The woman with the stick also hit this client.
The woman who posted the video suggests that racial prejudice played a role in the fray – the clients are all black and the Asian workers.
"So I'm at the nail salon and they broke a lady's eyebrow and she refused to pay so a fight broke out," wrote Facebook user Mercy Maduka.
"Share this cause, the cops decided to stop the blacks but not the Chinese who ganged up against them! ️! ️ Hit them like animals."
Maduka did not immediately return messages requesting a comment.
On Sunday, someone posted several posters on the metal shutter of the living room reading "Black $$$," "They beat black women here" and "Do not spend here."