Miya Ponsetto‘s insisting her attack on 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. — who she falsely accused of stealing her phone — has nothing to do with race, but folks on Keyon’s side disagree … strongly.
Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, Rev. Al Sharpton, and nonprofit org Color of Change will join Keyon’s parents for a news conference Monday morning to address the recent arrest and charges of Ponsetto — known as “SoHo Karen” for the NYC hotel incident — and discuss “the pervasive issue of racial profiling.”
TMZ will be live streaming, beginning at 8 AM PT.
As we’ve reported … Ponsetto was arrested last week in SoCal, flown back to NYC where she was charged with attempted assault, attempted robbery, grand larceny and endangering the welfare of a child for her altercation with the teenager.
However, Miya was NOT charged with a hate crime, and the prosecutor never even mentioned any racial components to the case in court Saturday. Keyon Jr.’s parents — Keyon and Kat — previously told us they believe the ordeal is reflective of racial injustices as a whole.
The race issue is something Ponsetto is not going to be able to avoid regardless … that much was evident when she arrived back at LAX following her NYC court appearance.