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‘SoHo Karen’ Miya Ponsetto shouts at cops about ‘gang members’ before she is tackled during wild October DUI arrest

MIYA “Soho Karen” Ponsetto has again falsely claimed her teen assault victim stole her phone as a wild video emerges of her being arrested on past charges.

Ponsetto, 22, was filmed tackling a black, 14-year-old boy in an unprovoked attack at a New York hotel before being extradited from California on four felony charges including attempted robbery, endangering the welfare of a child, attempted grand larceny, and attempted assault.

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Miya Ponsetto is seen with police in New York City on charges for assaulting a 14-year-old at a Manhatan hotel.[/caption]
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As she walked to her car after being hauled back to the Big Apple on the weekend, Ponsetto was asked by a Daily Mail videographer, “Why did you think that kid took your phone? Because he was black?”

“No, because he did,” Ponsetto said, with a laugh.

She repeated the false accusation against the innocent teen despite an Uber driver having returned her phone after she left it in the car.

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Ponsetto was taken into custody on a warrant from New York on Thursday after a brief car chase with police in California[/caption]
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Miya Ponsetto is being probed by police for smashing a door of an AirBnB apartment on the same day as she was filmed attacking a black teenager in a New York hotel[/caption]
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The woman told CNN it didn’t happen as the Harrolds described it[/caption]

Her claim contradicts her own lawyer who had insisted “she is sorry,” and blamed the attack on Ponsetto being a “scared girl” who “lost her mind for a hot minute”.

Ponsetto was granted supervised release during her first appearance in New York in relation to the alleged attack on the child, who is the son of jazz trumpet player Keyon Harrold.

She has since returned to Los Angeles on the condition she attends all of her future court dates in NYC. 

Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that Ponsetto, has a history of DUI arrests as a video of her lashing out at officers during one such incident emerges.

Newly released footage filmed in October last year shows Ponsetto being taken into custody by officers in her home state of California over a DUI incident. 

“There are gang members killing people right now and you’re arresting a girl?” she can be heard screaming in the clip, as the officers attempt to cuff her.

She was later charged with DUI, resisting arrest and obstructing/delaying a peace officer or EMT. Her blood alcohol levels were reportedly twice the legal limit. 

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Miya Ponsettoe 22, is facing charges including attempted robbery and child endangerment tackling a teen in an unprovoked attack[/caption]

Ponsetto appeared in Ventura County court, California, via Zoom for her extradition hearing on Friday, after a New York warrant was issued for her arrest.

She was ordered to stay away from Harrold and his son and is next due in Manhattan Criminal Court March 29.

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The woman has been dubbed ‘SoHo Karen,’ a pejorative term for an entitled white woman [/caption]
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In the surveillance footage shared by the victim’s family lawyer, she can be seen tackling Keyon Harrold Jr[/caption]

Ponsetto was detained by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department after a brief car chase in California on Thursday, law enforcement sources told the NY Daily News.

“They had to pull her out of the car. They did use physical force,” Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department, told the outlet.

“She tried to slam the door on the leg of one of our deputies and so she was forcibly removed from the vehicle.”

The ex-cheerleader had a warrant out for her arrest after she allegedly dragged Keyon Harrold Jr, 14, to the floor in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel in New York City while falsely claiming that he stole her iPhone on December 26.

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As Harrold and his son seemed to try to walk away, the woman allegedly lunged at them[/caption]
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Harrold Sr is a trumpeter, producer, and composer who has played with the likes of Rihanna[/caption]
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‘Soho Karen’ accused the teen of stealing her phone[/caption]
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Crump shared shocking footage on Instagram showing the incident[/caption]

The incident was captured on video by the teen’s dad, Grammy-winning jazz musician Keyon Harrold Sr who shared the footage on Instagram.

Minutes after the viral altercation, an Uber driver arrived with her phone, the teenager’s dad said in the post.

The NYPD then released hotel surveillance footage showing the woman, Keyon, Keyon Jr. and another individual standing at the bottom of the stairs in the lobby.

As Keyon Jr walks towards the floor, his alleged attacker lunges at him and grabs his waist as his dad runs after them and they pass through the automatic doors during the tackle.

“On Saturday, December 26, the woman in this video falsely accused an innocent 14-year-old teenager of stealing her cellphone,” police said in a tweet. 

“She then proceeded to physically attack him and fled the location before police officers arrived on scene.”

The footage went viral and the woman later revealed to be Ponsetto, was dubbed on social media as a “Karen,” a pejorative term for an entitled white woman.

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Keyron Jr’s dad shared the footage on Instagram which rapidly went viral[/caption]
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Jazz musician Keyron Harrold speaks at the press conference in lower Manhattan on December 30[/caption]

Before her arrest, Ponsetto sat down for an interview on CBS This Morning with Gayle King wearing a hat emblazoned with the word “Daddy,” glasses, and a black leather jacket.

After just a few minutes of talking about the controversial incident – which took place on December 26 – Ponsetto admitted viral footage shows her attacking a black teen, apologized, and then asked if they could “move on” from it.

Her response prompted King to say: “I know you’re saying that ‘I just want to apologize’ – but I do think that there should be some context to your actions that day. 

Ponsetto then explained: “So basically, I’m a 22 year old girl. – Racism… how is one girl accusing a guy about a phone a crime?”

After King laughed and repeated Ponsetto’s name, she urged the California girl to “at least understand her actions.”

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Ponsetto was arrested just hours after the Thursday interview[/caption]
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Miya Ponsetto snapped ‘that’s enough’ at Gayle King on Thursday[/caption]
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Gayle King interviewed ‘Soho Karen’ on CBS This Morning[/caption]

King said: “You seem to have attacked this this young boy, this teenager. You seem to have attacked this teenager about the phone. And then it turned out he didn’t even have your phone.

“That’s the thing. I mean, you’re saying, like, ‘I’m 22 years old’.’

“You’re 22 years old, but you are old enough to know better. So I will say…”

Ponsetto then interrupted and said: “Alright Gayle, enough” – while putting her hand out to shush the TV personality.

Ponsetto’s lawyer Sharen Ghatan told NY Daily News that she had an in-person meeting with her client earlier on Thursday.

“I have no clue if she’s in custody. I had a difficult day with her. We had an interview lined up, and within 10 to 15 minutes, I realized she was not well, not mentally fit to do any interviews,” Ghatan said.

“So I’m not surprised this has happened, if she’s in custody. I haven’t heard it. She was very much MIA for a while, and when she finally came to the big interview, it was clear to me she shouldn’t be there. I’m concerned for her wellbeing.”

When a New York Post photographer last month approached Ponsetta coming out of a McDonald’s in Fillmore, California, she indicated that she didn’t realize there was an issue.

“I’m actually 22 so I don’t know what the problem is here,” she said when the snapper pointed out how young Keyron Jr is.

“And I’m also Puerto Rican so thank you. Take care of yourself.”

When asked if she regretted what happened after the viral video emerged, Ponsetto replied:

“I’m good, thank you. Have a very good day. Take care of yourself.”

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The woman chased the teenager in the lobby[/caption]
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He was seen being lunged at and tackled to the ground[/caption]

Ponsetto was previously arrested in Beverly Hills police in February last year for being drunk in public, according to an online docket for the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse cited by the Daily Mail.

Her mom, Nicole, was also reportedly a co-defendant booked on the same charge plus assaulting a police officer. A hearing on the case is scheduled for January 28.

Ponsetto was arrested again in May on four DUI counts, according to the Mail, and pled guilty in September with a sentencing hearing set for on January 14.

The publication reported that she bolted to her family’s $389,000 home in the small farming town of Piru, which is north of Los Angeles, after the incident at the NYC hotel.

It’s been revealed that Ponsetto is also being probed for allegedly smashing a door at an Airbnb apartment with a fire extinguisher on the same day, sources confirmed Sunday, according to the NY Post.

The new incident allegedly took place at an East Village apartment building where Ponsetto is accused of trying to bash her way into the apartment after locking herself out on December 26.

On Sunday, Ponsetto’s attorney, Paul D’Emilia said the allegations surfaced during his client’s arraignment on the earlier case and that he had no other details on the Airbnb incident — nor have any charges been filed.

Now it has emerged that Ponsetto is being probed for allegedly smashing a door at an AirBnB apartment with a fire extinguisher on the same day, the New York Post reports.

She is accused of trying to bash her way into the property after locking herself out, according to new details.

Her attorney Paul D’Emilia said the allegations had surfaced during the 22-year-old’s arraignment hearing but he had no other details about the alleged incident.

No charges have been filed, it is understood.

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The 22-year-old has been branded a ‘Karen’ – a pejorative term for white entitled women[/caption]
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Ponsetto was spotted in New York following her arraignment hearing in New York[/caption]
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Miya Ponsetto pictured in Manhattan after arriving in custody from California[/caption]

 Ponsetto was previously arrested in Beverly Hills police in February last year for being drunk in public, according to an online docket for the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse reported in the Daily Mail.

Her mom, Nicole, was also reportedly a co-defendant booked on the same charge plus assaulting a police officer.

A hearing on the case is scheduled for January 28.





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