On a Saturday afternoon, the famous jazz musician Keyon Harrold and his 14-year-old son walked into the lobby of their SoHo boutique hotel Arlo when they were accompanied by a woman they had never seen before.
The woman falsely accused the teenager of taking the mobile phone and asked him to return it. Harold said the tension had escalated, and the woman insisted that the teenager had a phone, yelled at him, and eventually tied him up and tried to look in his pocket before separating it.
Harrold is black. He captured part of the dispute in a video on his mobile phone, which was widely shared on social media this weekend. This is another example of false accusations against blacks. It was compared with the events in May, when a white woman named 91
Harold said in an interview on Sunday that the incident in the Soho District “shocked him.”
He said he believed he and his son Keyon Harrold Jr. were racially discriminated against, even though he said he did not know the race of the woman.
He said: “I want to know if it is different, if it is a black woman, there is a 14-year-old white, what will happen.”
In Harrold’s video, the hotel manager can be seen confirming his identity and asking his son to produce a mobile phone, apparently to verify the woman’s request. But Harold said that the manager had no reason to believe this woman.
“They think he is guilty,” Mr. Harold said. “The management didn’t even ask her why she even thought he had a phone.”
The woman has not yet disclosed her identity. Both the police and the hotel declined to be named, and Mr. Harold said he did not know who she was or how to contact her.
Mr. Harold said that she used to be a guest at this hotel earlier this week.
The hotel also told Mr. Harold that later that day, an Uber driver found her mobile phone, and she answered the phone from the hotel.
The hotel did not answer questions about the lady on Sunday. Arlo owns two hotels in the city and advertises its SoHo location as a fashion destination through a rooftop bar and Hudson River landscape. The hotel says on its website that heated cabins in its courtyard can “take guests to the countryside without leaving the city.”
The hotel apologized to Mr. Harold and his son in a statement. The hotel said that the manager called the police to report the incident. The hotel’s security department has stepped in, but “more measures can be taken to escalate the dispute.”
The hotel said: “We are deeply frustrated by the recent innocent accusations, prejudices and attacks on innocent Arlo hotel guests,” the hotel said, and is committed to “ensure” that this does not happen again in any of our hotels. This situation. “
Police officials confirmed that they received a report of an incident at the hotel on Saturday and said they are investigating.
Before this incident occurred in the hotel, there have been several recent incidents in which racist treatment of blacks was recorded and widely spread by video, including the Central Park incident in May, which occurred when black bird watchers asked white women to tether. Live after her dog.
Mr. Harrold from Ferguson, Missouri moved to New York and began playing professional jazz at the age of 19. He has collaborated with well-known artists such as Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna. He appeared in the soundtrack of a jazz biographical film about Miles Davis (Miles Davis). “Miles Ahead”, the film won a Grammy Award in 2017.
Mr. Harold said that he has been staying at the Arrow Hotel since mid-December. He lives in Long Island City, Queens, but he said that changes in the environment have helped stimulate his creativity. He said that when he and his son met the woman at the hotel on Saturday, he was planning to have brunch.
He said the woman struggled to keep her away from her son during the dispute. He said he was worried about what would happen if he did not protect his son.
He said: “I see that people are harmed or even killed less costly.”
Mr. Harold said that after the woman captured the son, he separated the two, but the woman subsequently disappeared. He said that he had not heard from her.
He said: “Of course, she definitely owes my son an apology.” “I don’t want that, and if it happens, it’s cool. If it doesn’t happen, then it will be much bigger than this. This is about what should not be in American daily life The narrative of what happened, this is the fact.”
He said he would move out of the hotel.