Photo credit: Sami Disu
Civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump, co-counsel Paul Napoli, and the family of Keyon Harrold Jr. held a press conference on March 24, 2021 at City Hall Park to announce the filing of a lawsuit against Arlo Hotels and Miya Ponsetto.
In December 2020, Keyon Harrold and his son were racially profiled in an Arlo hotel in Manhattan by Miya Ponsetto, falsely accusing Keyon Harrold Jr. of stealing her phone and physically attacking him. The father and son were staying at the hotel.
Without any evidence substantiating the accusations and without hearing Keyon Harrold Jr.’s side of the story, the hotel manager asked the minor to give his cellphone up to prove that he was innocent of the false allegations.
Miya Ponsetto’s cell phone was later found in an Uber.