‘Soho Karen’ charged with hate crime for attacking black teen in New York

‘Soho Karen’ charged with hate crime for attacking black teen in New York

Miya Ponsetto, the woman who falsely accused a Black teenager of stealing her iPhone, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday (June 30) to hate crime charges. The 22-year-old was indicted by a New York County grand jury on two counts of unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

The decision was made by a grand jury where she was hit with 2 felony counts of unlawful imprisonment in the second degree as a hate crime and 2 misdemeanor counts of aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. According to TMZ, Ponsetto’s attorney, Paul D’Emilia pleaded not guilty for his client and criticized Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance for not using the moment as a “learning opportunity” for Ponsetto.

“Instead of helping to foster a civil and enlightened resolution to an unfortunate incident between two young people, D.A. Vance chose a craven and opportunistic path in indicting, with felony hate crime charges,” he said in a statement to the outlet.

 

Ponsetto is due back in court in October and D’Emilia called the charges an “overreach”, “absurd”, and “shameful.” She also had a previous arrest for public intoxication and driving under the influence.

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