Miya Ponsetto Faced Her Charges In Court After Her SoHo Hotel Attack Behavior

Updated: March 29, 2021

Mia Ponsetto, 22, has been in for a lesson on entitlement and how being Latino does not automatically grant you asylum when it comes to being racist. Mia Ponsetto

Earlier in July, Ponsetto gained national attention and managed to distract everyone from their holiday break this past week when her racist behavior was captured on video. In an incident posted to Instagram the day after Christmas, Ponsetto could be seen attacking the 14-year-old son of trumpeter Keyon Harrold after falsely accusing him of stealing her iPhone.

Ponsetto made an appearance in court on Monday.

She is being accused of physically confronting Keyon Harrold Jr. last December.

The family of the Black teenager who was falsely accused of stealing Ponsetto’s cellphone is suing his accuser and the hotel.

According to reports, Ponsetto, the Arlo Hotel and Chad Nathan, a manager at the hotel, are among the defendants listed in the lawsuit. The lawsuit accuses Ponsetto and Nathan of engaging in racial profiling and the the hotel of negligence. 

The lawsuit claims that Nathan “detained the plaintiffs and demanded that Keyon Harrold Jr. surrender his cellphone” and that “defendants treated plaintiffs differently from other guests and invitees in a place of public accommodation because of their race … The only difference between plaintiffs Keyon Harrold and Keyon Harrold Jr. and the other guests who were not targeted by defendants Chad Nathan and Miya Ponsetto was the color of their skin.”

Miya Ponsetto was taken into custody on a warrant from New York after a brief car chase with police in California. 

According to New York Daily News police used physical force to restrain Ponsetto. “They had to pull her out of the car. They did use physical force,” Eric Buschow, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department explained. “She tried to slam the door on the leg of one of our deputies and so she was forcibly removed from the vehicle.” 

Two officers with NYPD’s Manhattan South detective bureau were sent to California on Wednesday to work with LA police to find Ponsetto, question her and convince her to return to New York with them.

“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,” Ponsetto’s lawyer, Sharen 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.”

Now according to reports, she’s getting a bit of a break.

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