New York City authorities released part of a security camera video on Wednesday that showed a woman rushing and trying to confront the 14-year-old son of jazz musician Keyon Harrold, who falsely accused her of stealing her iPhone left at Uber.
The ten-second clip shows the woman in the lobby of Arlo Soho, an upscale boutique hotel in New York, on Saturday, facing and hugging Keyon Harrold Jr., he said.
The New York City Police Department said Tuesday that the teenager’s father “scratched his hand.” There are no other reports of injuries.
The police stated that they were looking for the woman and “faced”
On Sunday, Harold shared a minute-long video of a lively exchange on social media. In the video, the woman can be heard accompanying his father and son, yelling: “Show me my phone!” There is also a person claiming to be a hotel manager in the video, who also asks to hear Harrold Jr.’s call.
Before the video was cut, the lady appeared to approach Harold, prompting the jazz musician to shout: “Let go of your hands!”
The video spread quickly over the weekend, and many social media accused the woman and hotel staff of racially discriminating against Harold and his son.
NBC News has not yet determined the identity of the woman, and it is not clear what happened before or after the surveillance video or Harold video.
The woman told CNN on Tuesday that she was assaulted during Saturday’s dispute, but the network was unable to confirm her claims with investigators or the hotel. NYPD and Arlo SoHo did not immediately return NBC News’ requests for comment.
According to the network, the 22-year-old woman said that she initially asked another person to “empty her pocket” before facing Harold Jr.
The woman said that she was worried about her image in the video and said it was not an accurate portrayal.
“That’s not me. I actually…try very hard to make sure I always do the right thing,” she said.
Due to security issues unrelated to the incident, CNN did not publicly identify the woman.
She added that she was willing to cooperate with investigators, but she said that she had not received a call from the authorities and had not reached out to help. She also said that she was willing to talk to the Harrods.
According to the network, the woman initially agreed to provide evidence to substantiate her claim that she was assaulted and stopped responding to the network.
On Monday, the Arlo Hotel apologized to the Harrold family and said: “Further measures could have been taken to resolve this dispute.”
The hotel said in a statement: “We are deeply frustrated by the recent unfounded accusations, prejudice, and violations against innocent guests of the Arlo Hotel.” “No Arlo guest (or anyone) should be subjected to this. The influence of this behavior.”
The hotel said: “We are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again in any of our hotels.”
Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing Harrold’s family, called on the Manhattan district attorney to file assault and battery charges against the woman.
Kremp also called for a civil rights investigation into the Arlo Hotel, saying that it had “implicit bias” in its treatment of the Harrold family.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan Development Agenda told NBC News on Monday that the office is “completely investigating this incident.”
At a press conference on Wednesday, the jazz musician, accompanied by Crump and Rev. Al Sharpton, delivered a speech.
Harold said: “I can’t even be downstairs in New York City (mainly New York City), just for brunch without being attacked and falsely accused.” “The notion of trauma goes beyond any accusations that may occur.”
He said: “I want my son to grow up.”