Video shows woman falsely accusing Black teen of stealing iPhone at NYC hotel, musician says
An acclaimed jazz musician said his 14-year-old son was accosted and falsely accused of stealing a woman’s iPhone at a boutique hotel in New York City over the weekend. The incident prompted an apology from the hotel and calls from the family’s lawyer to bring charges against the woman.
Keyon Harrold, a well-known trumpeter who has performed with the likes of Beyoncé, claimed he and his teenage son, who are both Black, were assaulted by the woman who claimed the child took her smartphone. He shared a video on social media showing part of their encounter with her inside the lobby of the Arlo hotel in Manhattan Saturday.
The woman told the teen to hand over the phone, but Harrold’s son replied, “This is my phone.” Standing behind a male hotel manager, the woman continued to…