Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold played with artists including Beyoncé, Jay Z and Common, and brought his 14-year-old son to the boxing day brunch at the Arlo SoHo Hotel in New York City as soon as he came downstairs. floor. The woman accused the teenager of stealing her phone.
“This is my phone number,” Kenyon Harrold Jr. said in a popular video recorded by his father, telling him he didn’t need to explain himself to this casual woman. Harold and his son are both Black.
The unidentified woman asked the hotel manager wearing a mask, “Take the box away. That̵
“Are you kidding me? Do you think there is only one iPhone in the world?” The famous trumpeter Harrold can be heard.
The manager asked the teenager to show him the phone because his father pointed out that they had just got off the elevator when the woman started accusing them.
The woman shouted: “He has my phone! Show me the proof! He didn’t leave.”
“What, you saw two black people-” Harold said before the woman interrupted, “No, I won’t let him leave my phone.”
Then she rushed at them and fell to the ground.
Harold wrote when posting the video to Instagram: “This incident lasted for five minutes. I protected my son from madmen.” “She caught me; she handled and caught him. He is a child! !!!”
Harold Jr. (parents) – His mother Katty Rodriguez (Katy Rodriguez) is also a successful musician and has been a saxophone player in Beyoncé for more than ten years – Believe in treating his son The practice is obviously racial discrimination.
Rodriguez wrote on Instagram: “As a parent, the most painful feeling today is feeling helpless in protecting my children from racial hatred.”
Viral hotel video tapes are reminiscent of other incidents in which blacks have inappropriately made unfair appeals to the authorities or wrongly accused them of crimes. For example, a white woman asked a bird watcher in Central Park to call a police officer. When the dog is placed on the dog, bark it. Belt.
“I’m very angry!!! We have been seeing this kind of nonsense, but when it arrives home, it will be different!” Harold said on Instagram. “I usually try to maintain a positive attitude, but there is nothing positive about this video.”
Harold said that the unidentified woman was a former guest of the hotel, but had checked out a few days ago, but the hotel staff supported the woman, not him and his son.
Harold wrote: “Now, when the manager is advocating for a lady who is not even a hotel guest, he insists and tries to use his management power to force my son to show the phone to this casual lady.” “He actually Authorized her!!! He didn’t even think about the fact that we were actually guests! Now think about the trauma that my son must endure now, only going downstairs can bear it [boxing] Dad had brunch with him. “
Rodriguez also said that she was deeply frustrated by the hotel’s response.
“I want Karen’s from Amerikka instead of hosting professionals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She wrote on Instagram.
Arlo Hotels did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
In a statement posted on Instagram, the hotel admitted that “more measures can be taken to ease the dispute.”
The hotel said: “We are deeply frustrated by the recent unreasonable accusations, prejudices and attacks against innocent guests of the Alor Hotel.”
Harold said that shortly after the woman was wrongly charged, an Uber driver returned the iPhone she had left in the car. Neither the woman nor the hotel apologized.
However, the family did report the incident to the police, and a New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News that a complaint of harassment had been filed.