'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto has finally offered an apology to the black teen she accused of stealing her phone, but his parents say they don't find her words to be 'genuine' and are calling for a boycott against the Arlo hotel chain.
On Monday CBS This Morning aired more footage of host Gayle King's interview with Ponsetto, who was arraigned over the weekend in New York City and freed on supervised release.
In the interview she offered an apology for the December 26 incident where she charged at Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, the son of prominent jazz trumpeter Keyon Harrold Sr in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in Soho, Manhattan.
'I'm sorry. I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart. He is honestly — he's 14? That's what they're claiming? Yeah. I'm 22. I've lived probably just the same amount of life as him. Like, honestly. I'm just as a kid at heart as he is,' she said.
'I feel sorry that I made the family go through, like, all of that stress. But at the same time, it wasn't just them going through that,' she added.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Keyon Harrold Sr slammed her apology saying: 'I feel like her apology was, you know, as genuine as when she shushed you. It said a lot. I have an issue with the idea of entitlement versus character.'
He referred to a shocking moment in the interview where Ponsetto raised her hand and hushed King saying 'Enough!' as she asked a question.
'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto has finally offered an apology to the black teen she accused of stealing her phone, but his parents say they don't find her words to be 'genuine' and are calling for a boycott against the Arlo hotel chain. 'I feel sorry that I made the family go through, like, all of that stress. But at the same time, it wasn't just them going through that,' she said in a video interview with Gayle King that aired on CBS This Morning Monday
'I'm happy that she's been arrested. But that's only the first step in a very big conversation that needs to happen here in America that has to do with racial profiling. If I had done that, what Miya Ponsetto had done to my son, I'd be in jail now,' he added.
'As a Black man, every day I walk outside, I have to play the perfect game, almost like throwing a no-hitter, just to be believed.'
The interview also glossed over the whereabouts of Ponsetto's phone.
King asked: 'It's been reported that your phone was returned to you by an Uber driver. Is that true?'
'That is not true because I arrived at the hotel with my phone in my hand,' Ponsetto replied.
King asked 'Who returned your phone to you?' and Ponsetto replied 'The hotel receptionist'.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
When King asked, 'Miya, where had the phone been?' she said 'Why don't we ask the hotel receptionist?'
A hotel spokesman tells DailyMail.com that Ponsetto was asked to leave the hotel after the scuffle and after she left her phone was returned to the front desk of the hotel by an Uber driver. When she returned to the hotel, the receptionist gave it back to her.
Keyon Harrold Sr slammed her apology saying: 'I feel like her apology was, you know, as genuine as when she shushed you. It said a lot. I have an issue with the idea of entitlement versus character.' He referred to a shocking moment in the interview where Ponsetto raised her hand and hushed King saying 'Enough!' as she asked a question
Kat Rodriguez, the mother of Keyon Harrold Jr, pictured speaking alongside Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Ben Crump at a news conference in Manhattan on Monday. At the press conference they called for the boycott of Arlo hotels and its owner Quandrum Global
Revered Al Sharpton pictured speaking at hte Monday press conference avoce. They updated the public on Ponsetta's charges for the Arlo hotel incident
Keyon Harrold, Kat Rodriguez, and their representatives carried signs with a list of hotels to boycott for the December 26 incident
On Monday Keyon Harrold Jr's family held a news conference in Manhattan calling for a boycott of Arlo Hotels, which has locations in New York and Miami, and its owner Quadrum Global for enabling racial profiling, harassment and the assault of Keyon Jr.
Attorney Ben Crump tweeted '@ArloHotels (owned by Quadrum Global) ummediately took Miya Ponsetto’s word despite having NO evidence that Keyon Harrold Jr stole her phone and allowed her to attach him.'
On Sunday Ponsetto returned to her Piru, California home after she was arraigned in New York City, where a judge ruled she did not require bail but warned she must attend of all of her future court dates in NYC.
She has been charged with four felonies: attempted robbery, endangering welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault
Ponsetto had flown back to New York to face charges in a hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn after she was arrested last Thursday in California on a New York warrant.
She was pictured being led out of the NYPD's First Precinct with cuffs around her wrists and ankles on Saturday afternoon as she was transported to Red Hook Justice Center.
She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California
New footage has emerged showing Ponsetto hitting officers during a DUI arrest on October 3 last year in her home state of California.
She can be heard screaming 'There are gang members killing people right now and you're arresting a girl?' while the officers attempt to cuff her and get her in the back of a police car.
In the separate video of her DUI arrest on October 3, officers could be seen forcing Ponsetto to the floor as she resisted arrest during the incident in Ventura County, California.
Her mother Nicole can be heard pleading with the officers to leave her alone.
An eyewitness claimed the drama began when the mother and daughter stopped on the side of the road, screaming and cussing at each other while standing beside their Range Rover.
Ponsetto was taken into custody on a warrant from New York on Thursday after a brief car chase with police in California
The witness said she tried to see if either of them needed any help but Miya got back in the car and demanded her mother do the same before driving off.
Concerned Miya may have been intoxicated, the witnesses called police and tailed the mother and daughter until the pair pulled into a gas station.
When the officers arrived they attempted to detain Ponsetto, who demanded to see a warrant and an explanation for what she had done wrong while insulting the officers and trying to squirm around to avoid cuffs.
Ponsetto was charged with DUI, resisting arrest and obstructing/delaying a peace officer or EMT. Her blood alcohol levels were twice the legal limit.
The emergence of the video came as Ponsetto was spotted at LAX airport on Sunday afternoon with a drink in hand following her arraignment in NYC as she repeated claims that the teenager had stolen her phone.
When asked 'Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?' she responded: 'No, because he did.'
She had been extradited back to New York after she was filmed attacking Keyon Harrold Jr, who is the son of Grammy-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold, at the Arlo Hotel in Manhattan back on December 26 after falsely accusing him of stealing her iPhone.
It has been revealed that Ponsetto is also being investigated for allegedly smashing a door at her Airbnb apartment with a fire extinguisher the same day as the Arlo hotel incident, according to the New York Post.
In the Airbnb incident, Ponsetto allegedly tried to force her way into the East Village apartment building after she locked herself out.
Ponsetto's attorney Paul D'Emilia said Sunday that the allegations came up during his client's arraignment and no charges have been filed for the door-bashing incident.
'Soho Karen' Miya Ponsetto, 22, touched down at Los Angeles International Airport with a drink in hand on Sunday afternoon after leaving New York, where she was arraigned on assault charges for attacking 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr, claiming he stole her phone
The 22-year-old was unapologetic and defiant as she walked through the airport Sunday afternoon with a drink secured in her hand. She repeated her claim that Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, stole her phone
Ponsetto has been ordered to stay away from Keyon Jr and must return to New York for her March court date. Pictured leaving the LAX airport on Sunday
Ponsetto had been extradited from California to attend the hearing at Red Hook Justice Center in Brooklyn, where the judge ruled that she did not require bail - but ordered her to return to New York City for her next court date in March
A close up view of Ponsetto's drink above. She has been charged with four felonies: attempted robbery, endangering welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault. She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California
When asked on Sunday 'Why do you think that kid took your phone, was it because he was black?' she said, 'No, because he did.'
On Saturday, Ponsetto was pictured arriving at her New Jersey hotel after being arraigned for the attack on the teenager.
A source told New York Daily News that she underwent a medical screening in Red Hook because she had just flown in from California where coronavirus cases are high.
During the arraignment, where she appeared before a video camera, Ponsetto repeated 'Hi' and asked; 'Can you guys hear me?' before the judge told her to stop.
'My recommendation is that you remain quiet right now,' said Judge Michael Frishman.
Judge Frishman said that under New York law, they could not impose bail on Ponsetto but warned her that she had to make all her court dates.
She also faces public intoxication, drunk driving and motor vehicle charges in California.
'Apparently, you have a lot of cases in California right now. You are gonna have to appear in all those court cases as well. Okay?' he asked.
Manhattan Assistant DA Sarah Marquez asked for the highest level of supervised release for Ponsetto for the attack which she called 'unprovoked.'
Ponsetto was ordered to attend Manhattan Criminal Court on March 29 for her next hearing.
The lawyer for the victims, Ben Crump, celebrated the charges on Twitter.
'Miya Ponsetto was charged with 4 FELONIES for her horrific attack on 14yo Keyon Harrold Jr!' he wrote.
'This is a good development, but management of @ArloHotels — owned by Quadrum Global — gave power to Miya's racist actions and must also be held accountable!!' Crump