A black Grammy Award-winning trumpeter has been subjected to a tirade of abuse from a ‘Karen’ falsely accusing his 14-year-old son of stealing her iPhone while they were staying at a New York City hotel.
Hotel guests Keyon 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 to Instagram. The footage shows the father and son being accosted by an unidentified young woman 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 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.
A viral video was posted to social media showing a ‘Karen’ (left) falsely accusing a black teenager of stealing her iPhone. The woman demanded that the manager of the Arlo SoHo hotel (seen right) take the phone from the boy 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 the likes of Common, Beyonce, Rihanna, Jay-Z, and Snoop Dogg. Harrold alleges that the woman in the video tackled his son while trying to get the phone. He is seen above performing in Texas in 2019
At one point in the video, the woman is seen lunging at the boy. Harrold says that she tackled his son and tried to search through his pockets