‘Karen’ assaults, falsely accuses Grammy-winning father’s son of iPhone theft
The teenager is the son of trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who videotaped the incident of the unpredictable woman. The lost phone was later returned by an Uber driver
On Saturday, a white woman desperately accused a black teenager of stealing her iPhone from a New York City hotel, only to find moments later it was left in an Uber.
The teenager is the son of Grammy-winning trumpeter Keyon Harrold, who videotaped the incident of the woman pouncing on him and his son.
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In the video posted on Harrold's Instagram page, the unidentified woman is seen urgently informing the hotel manager that the 14-year-old has taken her cell phone. As the teenager said, "This is my phone," Harrold intervened and told him, "You don't have to explain anything to her."
When she continued to desperately insist it was her phone and ask that it be proven it wasn't, Harrold replied, "Are you kidding me? You feel like there is only one iPhone in the world?"
Harrold, a frequent contributor to D'Angelo, Robert Glasper, Common and Maxwell, wrote that he and his son were leaving the Arlo Soho Hotel in Manhattan for breakfast when the woman appeared to be saying she "lost" her iPhone and blamed it having his son what Harrold said was "just ridiculous".
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The manager of the hotel asked to see the wallpaper on the teen's phone, to which Harrold replied, "No! This is my son!"
According to Harrold, the woman had stayed at the hotel but checked out on December 23. While the video lasted only a minute, Harrold said in the Post that the incident lasted over five minutes.
"Now watch the manager stand up for the lady who isn't even a hotel guest insists and tries to use his leadership skills to force my son to show his phone to a random lady," wrote Harrold. “He actually empowered you !!! He didn't even think that we were actually the guests. "
In a scene captured on a cell phone video, a woman falsely accused the black teenager of stealing her iPhone, which was lost in an Uber. (Via Instagram)
The video shows her incessantly pouncing on Harrold while he protects his son from her. “She scratched me,” wrote Harrold, “she grabbed and grabbed him. He is a child!!!"
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Harrold announced that her iPhone was finally found when an Uber driver came to return the phone to the woman shortly after the incident ended.
"No apologies from her to my son after this traumatic situation, not to me," said Harrold. “No apology from the establishment. It happens too often. It has to stop !!! ”
Harrold, who won a 2017 Grammy for his musical contributions to Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biography Miles Ahead, has also used his music to address such adverse incidents during his career. Born in Ferguson from Missouri, he composed the song "MB Lament" for his most recent solo performance, The Mugician, as a musical commentary on the Michael Brown shoot.
He was a standout player during the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk performance of Common at the White House when they featured the rapper's Emmy-winning theme in Ava Duvernay's documentary 13, Letter to the Free.
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