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White Woman Falsely Accuses Grammy-Winner's Son of iPhone Theft At Hotel
New York City’s Arlo Hotel says it is investigating the recent “incident of baseless accusation, prejudice, and assault against an innocent guest.”
The hotel is issuing an apology after Grammy-award winning trumpet player Keyon Harrold, posted the incident to his Instagram, as first reported by The Grio.
In the video, the woman is seen telling the hotel manager that Harrold’s teenage son had taken her phone.
The teenager can be heard telling the woman, “this is my phone,”. Harrold, however, intervened telling his son, “you don’t have to explain nothing to her.”
But the woman kept going, insisting that the teen prove that it’s not the teen’s. Harrold replied, “Are you kidding me? You feel like there’s only one iPhone in the world?”
And to make matters worse, the manager did not intervene. Instead, the manager tried to side with the woman by asking the teen to show his wallpaper on the phone.
Harrold added in the post that the woman, who was not a patron at the time of the incident, got her phone when an Uber driver returned it moments later.
After the video went viral, Arlo Hotels stated:
“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 and to offer help in dealing with this traumatic event.”