An acclaimed jazz musician said his 14-year-old son was charged and falsely accused of stealing a woman’s iPhone at a boutique hotel in New York City over the weekend. The incident prompted the hotel to apologize and the family lawyer called to file a lawsuit against the woman.
Keyon Harrold is a famous trumpeter who has performed with Beyoncé and others, claiming that he and his teenage son, both black, were victimized by a woman. Assaulted, the woman claimed that the child had brought her smartphone. He shared a video on social media showing part of their encounter with her in the lobby of the Arrow Hotel in Manhattan on Saturday.
The woman told the teenager to hand over the phone, but Harold’s son replied, “This is my phone.” The woman stood behind a male hotel manager and continued to request the use of the device.
“Are you kidding me? Do you think there is only one iPhone in the world?” I heard Harold asking her.
The manager approached the boy, asked to see the phone, and said that he was the manager of the hotel.
“I don’t care, this is my son,” Harold told him, adding that the two were hotel guests who had just got off the elevator.
After the manager said that he just wanted to help him, Harold replied: “But you didn’t help. Your behavior is disrespectful… My son has nothing to do with her.”
The woman said, “No, he did not leave.” “Prove it to me.”
The father and son walked away, but she followed them, seeming to rush towards the older Harold.
She said, “No, please get my phone back.” “I can’t live without a cell phone!”
After the video was over, Harold said, “Let go.”
Harold wrote on social media that an Uber driver returned her mobile phone after the “traumatic” incident and said she did not apologize to him or his son. He also accused the woman of scratching him and accused her of “entanglement and grabbing” his son.
In an Instagram post, Arlo Hotels apologized for “recent unprovoked accusations, prejudices, and attacks on innocent guests of Arlo Hotels.”
The chain said: “Any Arlo guest (or anyone) should not be affected by this behavior.” “We want to apologize for this unforgivable experience of Mr. Harold and his son, and get in touch with them directly To express our sincere regrets and provide help in dealing with this traumatic event.”
The hotel chain said the manager intervened on the woman’s behavior and hotel safety to prevent further violent attacks. The NYPD told CBS News on Monday that they had received complaints about the incident, but did not comment further when asked about the investigation.
The teenager’s mother, Katty Rodriguez, then thanked her followers on social media for their support and called for the identification of the woman in the incident. She also explained why her family continued to make these allegations.
“The only reason we decided to make the news public and post it on social media was that the hotel on duty by a security guard let this young lady leave, and she beat my son many times and waited for the police to respond. This is I can’t see it. The video, because my son’s father put down the phone to protect our son!” she wrote.
In a statement on behalf of the family, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump urged the Manhattan district attorney to file assault and battery charges against the woman who allegedly assaulted the girl. He also called for a civil rights investigation of the Arrow Hotel on the grounds that the hotel “has implicit bias in its treatment of Kane.”
This incident echoes a similar encounter earlier this year.A black man filmed a white woman Amy Cooper (Amy Cooper), yelled at him in Central Park, and falsely told them he was threatening her.She used to be At the third level, misdemeanor.