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Miya Ponsetto having anxiety attack when she attacked Keyon Harrold, son: Lawyer

Miya Taylor Ponsetto

Miya Taylor Ponsetto

Miya Taylor Ponsetto, 22, of California, United States was named the SoHo Karen after attacking African-American jazz musician Keyon Harrold, 40, and his son Keyon Harrold Jr., 14, at the Arlo SoHo Boutique Hotel on 231 Hudson Street in New York City, New York, USA on December 26, 2020. She was having a panic attack at the time, according to her lawyer Sharen H. Ghatan.

Assisted by the hotel’s manager Chad Nathan, Ponsetto falsely accused the younger Harrold of stealing her iPhone. It turned out she had left her phone in an Uber vehicle.

Ghatan represents both Ponsetto and her mother Nicole Claudine Ponsetto, 43. He told TMZ that the incident between Miya and the Harrolds in SoHo was induced by anxiety and not racially charged.

While Ghatan agreed that what Miya did to the Harrolds was not right, the lawyer told the publication that he was not making excuses for his client. However, he explained that she had a history of anxiety attacks.


“She was a scared girl alone in a city she doesn’t know and lost her one point of contact for her numbers,” Ghatan said of Miya in an interview with NBC 10 Philadelphia. “She lost her mind for a hot minute. She is sorry.”

On February 28, 2020, Miya and her mother appeared intoxicated and refused to leave The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a 5-star hotel on South Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. On May 27, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney charged them with being intoxicated in public and they are expected to appear in court on January 28, 2021.

Recently, Miya was spotted with her mother in Piru, California where the latter has a house. On January 1, 2020, Miya told a New York Post photographer at a McDonald’s parking lot in Filmore, California, “I’m actually 22 so I don’t know what the problem is here and I’m also Puerto Rican so thank you.”

New York Police Department officers are expected to go to Los Angeles, California soon to talk to Miya. However, she had left Piru, turned off her phone and stopped responding to messages from Nicole and Ghatan, the lawyer claimed.

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