UPDATED: 2:20 p.m. ET —
The white woman caught on video attacking a famous Black jazz musician and his son and falsely accusing them of stealing her cell phone in New York City on Saturday has spoken out after it was reported that she will soon face some stiff criminal charges.
The still-unidentified “Karen” called into CNN to be interviewed Tuesday and incredulously said that she was the one assaulted, not Keyon Harrold and his 14-year-old son, Keyon Harrold Jr.
She said she told everyone who she saw in the Arlo Hotel lobby to “empty their pocket,” not just the father and son.
When CNN informed her that the NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney’s office were looking for her, she expressed concern.
“Of course I worry,” she said. “That’s not who I am. I actually… try very hard to make sure that I am always doing the right thing.”
The interview was conspicuously missing any semblance of remorse.
Also on Tuesday, NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison announced at a news conference that the woman could soon be charged with assault, grand larceny or attempted robbery stemming from the incident, the New York Post reported. The woman’s misplaced phone was later discovered in an Uber.
Harrold shared the video of the startling attack on his Instagram which currently has more than two million views.
After officials viewed the footage, the case which was initially classified as harassment will now be upgraded to stiffer charges.
“We have a white female, we don’t have her identified yet, or her age, falsely accuse a male black, 14 years of age, for stealing her cellphone,” Harrison said. “Our perpetrator initially started a verbal argument of this accusation and then tried to attack our teenager by grabbing for his phone, grabbing his leg and trying to tackle him. Our victim didn’t suffer any injuries. But his father, who he was with, received slight injuries.”
The pressure mounts as the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has launched a probe into the attack which took place at the Arlo Hotel. Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton and family attorney Ben Crump will join the Harrold family at a rally on Wednesday morning in Manhattan at City Hall.
Harrold and his son appeared on camera to publicly discuss the video shortly after the incident which was shared on Facebook.
“Because I’m trying to protect my son because of a crazy person saying he took her iPhone and trying to go into his pockets, trying to go into my pockets,” he said. “This is unacceptable, unacceptable. On a day when I’m just trying to have a good time with my son. Right here. Unacceptable.”
The unfortunate attack is just a tiring continuation of similar incidents where white women, in particular, are caught on tape falling in line with Karen-ing, accusing Black community members who are minding their business of false accusations.
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