Miya Ponsetto must return to a court in New York on Monday after falsely accusing a black teenager of stealing her iPhone.
‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto is due to appear before a court in New York on Monday after falsely accusing a black teenager of stealing her iPhone.
Ponsetto, 22, of Piru, California, was arrested in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in Manhattan two weeks after the December 26 incident.
According to the police, she is charged with attempted robbery, major theft, acting in a manner that is harmful to a child and two attempts at assault.
A video of Ponsetto’s confrontation with the then 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. was recorded and posted online by his father, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold Sr.
The video shows an excited woman demanding the teen’s phone and accusing him of theft.
Harrold Jr.’s family filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that Ponsetto and the hotel were engaged in racial profiling.
They allege in the lawsuit filed in the Manhattan state court that Harrold Jr. ‘was violently spoken to’ by Ponsetto and that hotel manager Chad Nathan helped her and demanded that the teenager hand over his phone for inspection.
Following the incident, Ponsetto denied being racist and apologized to the teen for “ making him feel inferior ” during an extensive interview with CBS This Morning’s Gayle King.
I admit, yes, I could have approached the situation differently or maybe not yelled at him like that and made him feel like, you know, maybe – kind of – uh – inferior way that made him feel like I hurt. feelings, because I don’t mean to, ”said Ponsetto.
Attorney Sharen Ghatan explained that Ponsetto, who is from California, visited her father in New York City for Christmas and was nervous about being alone in a strange city.
The NYPD has released surveillance footage of Ponsetto tackling Keyon Jr on the floor in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel after accusing him of stealing her iPhone
Paul D’Emilia, a lawyer for Ponsetto, had said in an email last week that Ponsetto is at home in California and has not been notified of a lawsuit.
Security video released by the police shows Ponsetto reaching for Harrold as he tries to get away from her through the front door of the hotel.
“Suspects treated plaintiffs differently from other guests and invitees in a public place because of their race,” the lawsuit states.
In addition to Ponsetto and Nathan and the Arlo Soho LLC, the lawsuit lists Quadrum Hospitality Group LLC and 2REN LLC as defendants. Messages requesting comment were left with the hotel and corporate entities.
A video of Ponsetto’s confrontation with the then 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr., left, was recorded and posted online by his father, jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold Sr, right
Keyon Harrold Jr.’s parents – Father Keyon Sr., left, and mother Katty Rodriguez, center – have filed a lawsuit claiming Ponsetto and the hotel are engaged in racial profiling
In January, a California judge dropped a count of public drunkenness against Ponsetto, related to an arrest in February 2020.
Her mother, Nicole Ponsetto, did not advocate that a police officer and public intoxication should not be fought in the same incident.
She was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and participated in a 12-month diversion program.
They were both arrested after a drunken incident at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto, 22, landed at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand on Sunday afternoon after leaving New York, where she was charged with assaulting 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. her phone
The new civil suit alleges, “ On the day after Christmas, Keyon Harrold and Keyon Harrold Jr. to a restaurant in the lobby of the Arlo Soho Hotel, where they stayed, for brunch.
“As soon as they entered the lobby, they were suddenly confronted and racially profiled by defendants Chad Nathan and Miya Ponsetto.”
The lawsuit then accuses Ponsetto of chasing and tackling Harrold Jr. after she “ignored all the other non-African American individuals in the lobby.”
Nathan reportedly helped hold Harrold Jr. while hotel security guards watch idly.
After the attack, Harrold, a Grammy-winning musician, called the police to report what had just happened.
As a result of the defendants’ actions, plaintiffs have suffered loss and injury, including but not limited to physical and emotional pain and suffering, great mental distress, shock, fear, economic loss, humiliation, embarrassment, emotional distress, feelings of racial stigma , a greater sense of vulnerability and unlawful deprivation of their protected rights to exercise and enjoy equal treatment … ‘
The lawsuit is claiming damages, as well as attorney’s fees and costs, but does not specify a desired dollar amount.