SoHo Karen Biography — Wiki
SoHo Karen is a white woman who accused black Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, Keyon Harrold, of a tirade of abuse falsely accusing his 14-year-old son of stealing her iPhone while they were staying at a New York City hotel. Hotel guests Harrold and his 14-year-old son were in the lobby of the boutique Arlo Hotel in the SoHo neighborhood of Manhattan on Saturday afternoon when the incident happened.
Harrold filmed the incident and shared it on Instagram.
SoHo Karen Age
SoHo Karen appears to be in her mid-20s.
‘SoHo Karen’ lunges at black son Keyon Harrold and accuses him of stealing her iPhone in an NYC hotel
The footage shows the father and son being accosted by an unidentified young woman, SoHo Karen, who claimed that Harrold’s teen boy had her cell phone. The video shows one of the managers at the hotel then asking Harrold’s son to see the phone, angering his father who accused the manager of taking the woman’s side.
When Keyon Harrold refused the woman’s demand to show her the phone, she lunged toward his son, prompting Harrold to protect him. The woman’s phone was later returned to her by an Uber driver, proving that her claims it was stolen by the teen were false.
An Instagrammer last seen in a photograph on Instagram at the hotel six days ago has since posted a denial that she is the ‘Karen’ after being bombarded with abuse on social media accusing her of being the woman in the video.
Cassandra Medina, a registered nurse from Staten Island, posted a message on her Instagram Sunday saying: ‘I’ve been tagged all morning in this video and this is not me.’
‘It’s not ok to be falsely accused on social media and I wouldn’t want that happening to anyone.’
She then addressed Harrold in her post, saying: ‘I hope you find truly (sic) who this person is because what she did is disgusting and this hotel should be held accountable.’ Her account, which has 1,792 followers, shows pictures of her at the Arlo in SoHo and NoMad.
SoHo Karen: What the footage shows
The one-minute-long clip starts showing the woman and the hotel manager in the lobby with Harrold recording on his cell phone.
‘This is my phone,’ Harrold’s son, who is not seen in the footage, is heard telling the woman and the manager.
‘You don’t have to explain anything to her,’ Harrold tells his son.
The woman then points to the phone and tells the manager that the case is the same one that she has.
‘That’s mine,’ she tells the manager. She then tells the manager: ‘Get it back.’
Harrold responds to the woman, saying: ‘Are you kidding me? You feel like there’s only one iPhone made in the world?’
When the woman asks Harrold to see the phone, he replies: ‘No, get a life.’
Harrold then tells the woman that she should use the Find My app, which helps locate missing Apple devices. The woman then tells Harrold that the Find My app can only be accessed through the phone. The video then shows the manager approach Harrold’s son asking him to see the phone.
‘No, you can’t,’ Harrold tells the manager.
‘I’m the manager of the hotel,’ the manager tells Harrold, who replies: ‘I don’t care!’
During the exchange, the woman continues to encourage the manager to retrieve what she believes is her iPhone.
Harrold tries to plead his case, saying it wasn’t plausible that his son would have someone else’s phone since he just got to the lobby from the elevator.
‘Didn’t you see me just come downstairs out of the fucking elevator?’ Harrold tells the manager.
The manager protests, saying: ‘I’m trying to help.’
‘No, but you’re not helping,’ Harrold replies.
‘I am,’ the manager insists.
Harrold tells the manager that he was being ‘disrespectful.’
‘I’m trying to settle the situation,’ the manager says.
Harrold replies: ‘My son has nothing to do with her.’
The woman once again repeats her demand to see the phone, saying: ‘No, he’s not leaving. Show me the proof.’
Harrold refuses and begins to walk away from the lobby toward what appear to be the elevators.
‘You better get on,’ Harrold tells the woman.
The woman, who appears to be highly distressed, walks toward Harrold and his son, saying: ‘No, I’m not letting him walk away with my phone.’
While the video is not clear, the woman appears to lunge toward Harrold and his son.
In the next frame, she is seen on the ground as the manager helps her back to her feet.
‘No, please get my phone back,’ the woman begs the manager.
The video clip ends with the woman once again approaching Harrold in an attempt to get the phone.
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) December 27, 2020
What Keyon Harrold says about SoHo Karen
Keyon Harrold told The New York Times that the woman tackled his son and tried to look into his pockets before being physically separated from him.
‘I hate I have to post this!!!’ Harrold wrote on his Instagram feed.
‘I am furious!!! We see this crap happening all the time, but it hits different when it hits home!!!
‘I typically try to keep things positive, but nothing about this video is positive.
‘The lady in this video assaulted my 14-year-old son and me as we came down from our room in the @arlohotels Arlo Soho to get breakfast.
‘This person quote on quote “lost” her iPhone, and apparently, my son magically acquired it, which [is] merely ridiculous.
‘This incident went on for five more minutes, me protecting my son from this lunatic. She scratched me; she Tackled and grabbed him. He is a child!!!
‘Now watch it again. This lady is not even a guest at the hotel. She checked out of the hotel on the 23rd of December; today is the 26th.
‘He actually empowered her!!! He didn’t even consider the fact we were actually the guests!
‘Now think about the trauma that my son now has to carry, only coming downstairs to have box day brunch with his dad.
‘Then… her phone was magically returned by an Uber driver a few minutes after this incident. No apology from her after this traumatic situation to my son, not me.
‘No apologies from the establishment.
‘This s*** happens so often. It needs to stop!!! If anyone recognizes this person, please tag or DM.’
What we know so far
Arlo Hotels released a statement on Sunday which read: ‘We’re deeply disheartened about the recent incident of baseless accusation, prejudice, and assault against an innocent guest of Arlo Hotel. ‘In investigating the incident further, we’ve learned that the manager on duty promptly called the police regarding the woman’s conduct and that hotel security intervened to prevent further violence; still, more could have been done to deescalate the dispute.
‘No Arlo guest – or any person – should be subject to this kind of behavior.
‘We want to apologize to Mr. Harrold and his son for this inexcusable experience, and have reached out to them directly to express our sincere regret…’
Keyon Harrold Instagram upon SoHo Karen
Harrold posted another message to Instagram on Sunday saying that he went public with the video because the hotel manager allowed the woman to leave while waiting for the police to arrive. ‘Before posting this video yesterday, we prayed about how this would impact us as a family and above all how it would impact our son,’ Harrold wrote.
‘We asked for advice from professionals and weighed the decision for several hours.
‘The only reason we decided to go public and post on social media was that the hotel which had a security guard on duty let this young lady leave while waiting for the police to respond after she assaulted my son several times which is not seen on this video because my son’s father dropped the phone to protect our son!