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Black teenage son of a Grammy winner falsely accused of using NYC's & # 39; Karen & # 39; iPhone to have stolen


A Grammy Award-winning black trumpeter was exposed to a tirade of abuse by a "Karen" who falsely accused his 14-year-old son of stealing his iPhone while they were in a New York City hotel.

Hotel guests Keyon Harrold and his 14-year-old son were in the lobby of the Arlo boutique hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday afternoon when the incident occurred.

Harrold filmed the incident and shared it on Instagram. The footage shows a father and son being approached by an unidentified young woman who claims that Harrold's teenage boy has her cell phone.

The video shows one of the managers at the hotel asking Harrold's son to watch the phone and angry with his father, who accuses the manager of being on the woman's side.

When Harrold declined the woman's request to show her the phone, she pounced on his son and asked Harrold to protect him.

The woman's phone was later returned to her by an Uber driver, proving her claims that it was stolen from the teenager were false.

An Instagrammer, who was last seen in a photo on Instagram at the hotel six days ago, has since denied that she was the & # 39; Karen & # 39; is after she was bombarded with abuse on social media accusing her of being the woman in the video.

The woman asked the manager of the Arlo SoHo Hotel (see right) to pick up the boy's phone so she could make sure it wasn't hers

A viral video was posted on social media featuring a & # 39; Karen & # 39; (left) shows who falsely accuses a black teenager of stealing her iPhone. The woman asked the manager of the Arlo SoHo Hotel (see right) to pick up the boy's phone so she could make sure it wasn't hers

The video was posted on social media by Keyon Harrold, a professional jazz musician who has played with artists such as Common, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Harrold claims the woman in the video assaulted his son while trying to get the phone. He can be seen up in Texas in 2019

The video was posted on social media by Keyon Harrold, a professional jazz musician who has played with artists such as Common, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Harrold claims the woman in the video assaulted his son while trying to get the phone. He can be seen up in Texas in 2019

At one point in the video, the woman can be seen pouncing on the boy. Harrold says she grabbed his son and tried to search his pockets

At one point in the video, the woman can be seen pouncing on the boy. Harrold says she grabbed his son and tried to search his pockets

Cassandra Medina denied on her social media page that she is the woman in the video. Medina posted this picture of her at Harold & # 39; s Restaurant on Arlo SoHo last week

Cassandra Medina denied on her social media page that she is the woman in the video. Medina posted this picture of her at Harold & # 39; s Restaurant on Arlo SoHo last week

Cassandra Medina, a Staten Island nurse, posted a message on her Instagram Sunday: "I've been tagged on this video all morning and it's not me."

"It's not okay to be falsely accused on social media and I don't want this to happen to anyone."

She then turned to Harrold in her post and said, "I hope you really find out who this person is because what she's done is disgusting and this hotel should be held accountable."

Her account with 1,792 followers shows pictures of her in the Arlo in SoHo and NoMad.

The one-minute clip shows the woman and the hotel manager in the lobby while Harrold records on his cell phone.

"This is my phone," says Harrold's son, who cannot be seen in the footage, the wife and the manager.

"You don't have to explain anything to her," says Harrold to his son.

The woman then points to the phone and tells the manager that the case is the same one she has.

"That's mine," she tells the manager. Then she says to the manager, "Get it back."

Harrold answers the woman and says, “Are you kidding me? Do you have the feeling that there is only one iPhone in the world? "

When the woman asks Harrold to see the phone, he replies, "No, get yourself a life."

"The lady in this video attacked my 14-year-old son and me when we were coming down from our room at @arlohotels Arlo Soho for breakfast," Harrold wrote on his Instagram page

At one point in the video you can see the manager (right) asking Harrold's son to show him the phone

At one point in the video you can see the manager (right) asking Harrold's son to show him the phone

Throughout the viral clip, the woman is seen and heard requesting the manager pick up the boy's phone

The woman's claims that the boy stole the phone were proven false after an Uber driver later dropped off her actual phone at the hotel

Throughout the viral clip, the woman is seen and heard requesting the manager pick up the boy's phone. The woman's claims that the boy stole the phone were proven false after an Uber driver later dropped off her actual phone at the hotel

Harrold then asks the woman to use the Find My app, which can be used to find missing Apple devices.

The woman then tells Harrold that the Find My app can only be accessed over the phone.

The video then shows the manager approaching Harrold's son and asking him to watch the phone.

"No, you can't," Harrold tells the manager.

"I'm the manager of the hotel," the manager says to Harrold, who replies, "I don't care!"

During the exchange, the woman continues to encourage the manager to get what she thinks is her iPhone.

Trying to take his case, Harrold says it is implausible that his son would have someone else's phone as he had just come off the elevator into the lobby.

"Didn't you see I just got off the damn elevator?" Harrold tells the manager.

The manager protests and says, "I'm trying to help."

The woman is brought to her feet by a hotel employee after she tries to pick up Harrold's son

The woman is brought to her feet by a hotel employee after she tries to pick up Harrold's son

"No, but you're not helping," replies Harrold.

"I am," emphasizes the manager.

Harrold tells the manager that he was "disrespectful".

"I'm trying to sort out the situation," says the manager.

Harrold replies: "My son has nothing to do with her."

The woman repeats her request to see the phone and says, "No, he won't go. Show me the evidence."

Instagrammer Cassandra Medina, a Staten Island nurse, has denied she is the woman in the video

Instagrammer Cassandra Medina, a Staten Island nurse, has denied she is the woman in the video

Medina can be seen upstairs at the Arlo NoMad Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The above image was released in late August

Medina can be seen upstairs at the Arlo NoMad Hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The above image was released in late August

Medina posted a message on her Instagram page that read: "This person in the video is not me"

Medina posted a message on her Instagram page that read: "This person in the video is not me"

"I've been tagged in this video all morning and that's not me," she wrote on her Instagram account on Sunday. "It's not okay to be falsely accused on social media and I don't want this to happen to anyone."

Harrold refuses and walks away from the lobby to the apparent elevators.

"You'd better keep going," Harrold tells the woman.

The woman, who seems very distressed, walks up to Harrold and his son and says, "No, I'm not going to let him go away with my phone."

While the video isn't clear, the woman appears to be falling on Harrold and his son.

In the next picture she can be seen on the floor as the manager helps her get back on her feet.

"No, please get my cell phone back," the woman asks the manager.

The video clip ends with the woman approaching Harrold again to get the phone.

Harrold told the New York Times that the woman grabbed his son and tried to look into his pockets before she was physically separated from him.

"I hate that I have to post this !!!" Harrold wrote on his Instagram feed.

& # 39; I'm angry !!! We see this crap happen all the time, but it hits differently when it comes home !!!

The Arlo SoHo Hotel in New York City can be seen in the photo in the above file

The Arlo SoHo Hotel in New York City can be seen in the photo in the above file

Arlo Hotels released a statement on Sunday entitled "We are deeply disappointed in the recent incident of baseless allegations, prejudice and assault against an innocent guest at the Arlo Hotel."

Arlo Hotels released a statement on Sunday entitled "We are deeply disappointed in the recent incident of baseless allegations, prejudice and assault against an innocent guest at the Arlo Hotel."

“I usually try to keep things positive, but nothing about this video is positive.

& # 39; The lady in this video attacked my 14 year old son and me when we were coming down from our room at @arlohotels Arlo Soho for breakfast.

& # 39; That person quote on quote "lost" their iPhone, and apparently my son magically acquired it, which is (just) ridiculous.

This incident lasted five minutes and I was protecting my son from this madman. You scratched me; she grabbed and grabbed him. He is a child!!!

& # 39; Now check it out again. This lady is not even a guest in the hotel. She left the hotel on December 23; Today is the 26th.

Now watch as the manager stands up for the lady who is not even a hotel guest insists and tries to use his leadership skills to force my son to show this random lady his phone.

& # 39; He actually empowered you !!! He didn't even think that we were actually the guests!

“Now think about the trauma my son has to endure and just come downstairs to have a second day brunch with his father.

& # 39; Then … her phone was magically returned by an Uber driver a few minutes after that incident. No apologies from her to my son after this traumatic situation, not to me.

& # 39; No apologies from the establishment.

& # 39; It happens so often. It has to stop !!! When someone recognizes this person please tag them or DM. & # 39;

Harrold told the Times that the incident "shocked" him.

"I wonder what would happen if it were different, if it was a black woman and there was a white 14-year-old," he said.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the New York City Police Department for comment on the state of investigation into allegations that the woman assaulted the teenager.

Harrold is an award-winning trumpeter who has played with bestsellers such as Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna

Harrold is an award-winning trumpeter who has played with bestsellers such as Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna

Arlo Hotels released a statement on Sunday entitled "We are deeply disappointed in the recent incident of baseless allegations, prejudice and assault against an innocent guest at the Arlo Hotel."

"Upon further investigation into the incident, we learned that the manager on duty immediately called the police about the woman's behavior and that hotel security intervened to prevent further violence." Still, more could have been done to defuse the dispute.

“No Arlo guest – or anyone – should be exposed to this type of behavior.

“We apologize to Mr. Harrold and his son for this inexcusable experience and have reached out directly to them to express our sincere regrets and offer help in dealing with this traumatic event.

"We are committed to ensuring that this does not happen again in any of our hotels."

DailyMail.com has requested a comment from the hotel.

Arlo SoHo is one of three boutique hotels operated by Arlo Hotels. The other two locations are in the NoMad area of ​​Manhattan and the Arlo Nautilus in Miami Beach.

There is increasing demand on social media to boycott the hotel to protest the manager's behavior.

Harrold posted another message on Instagram Sunday that he released the video because the hotel manager allowed the woman to leave while waiting for the police to arrive

Harrold posted another message on Instagram Sunday that he released the video because the hotel manager allowed the woman to leave while waiting for the police to arrive

Harrold posted another message on Instagram Sunday that he released the video because the hotel manager allowed the woman to leave while waiting for the police to arrive.

"Before we posted this video yesterday, we prayed about how this would affect us as a family, and especially our son," wrote Harrold.

& # 39; We asked experts for advice and weighed the decision for several hours.

“The only reason we decided to go public and post on social media was because the hotel that had a security guard on duty let this young lady go while she waited for the Police responded after attacking my son several times, which is not shown in this video, because my son's father dropped the phone to protect our son!

The police came and filed a report saying we had to wait 3 days.

“The hotel has just done its business after being swept under the carpet with basically an 'Sorry about this happened to you'.

“It wasn't until they were scrutinized on social media that they replied to a post on Instagram.

They replied to a post on Instagram instead of going to my son and father's room where they were still checked in.

"We're hurt and sad, but we're not people who want someone to be falsely accused or to ruin someone's life."

"Let us be mindful and spread love through this hatefulness. We will share the guilty party if we properly identify him.

"Until then, please do what you want others to do to you."

Harrold is an award-winning trumpeter who has played with bestsellers such as Common, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Beyoncé and Rihanna.

Harrold is from Ferguson, Missouri. He moved to New York City and began playing jazz as a professional musician at the age of 19.

In 2017 he appeared on the soundtrack of a biopic about Miles Davis entitled "Miles Ahead," which won a Grammy Award.

Harrold told The Times that although he has a permanent residence in Long Island City, Queens, he moved to the Arlo Hotel for artistic and creative inspiration.

He said he had been at the hotel since mid-December.

As a result of the incident, he said he was planning to move out of the hotel.

Saturday's incident has made comparisons with the Memorial Day encounter between the & # 39; Central Park Karen & # 39; and drawn to a black bird watcher.

Amy Cooper was filmed hysterically calling 911 on Harvard-grade Christian Cooper and mistakenly telling an operator that an "African American is threatening my life".

She was accused by Manhattan attorneys of falsely reporting a third degree incident – a crime that carries a sentence of up to a year in prison.

Amy Cooper (above) was filmed hysterically dialing 911 on Harvard-grade Christian Cooper and mistakenly telling an operator that an "African American is threatening my life".

Christian Cooper pictured above

Saturday's incident has made comparisons with the Memorial Day encounter between the & # 39; Central Park Karen & # 39; and drawn to a black bird watcher. Amy Cooper (left) was filmed hysterically dialing 911 on Harvard-grade Christian Cooper (right) and mistakenly telling an operator that an "African American threatens my life".

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