Miya Taylor Ponsetto is a former cheerleader raised in Simi Valley, California, United States. She has also lived in other areas of California including Sun Valley and Piru.
On December 26, 2020, Ponsetto was caught on camera attacking black American jazz musician Keyon Harrold, then 40, and his son Keyon Harrold Jr., then 14, at the Arlo SoHo Boutique Hotel in New York City, New York, USA. She falsely accused the younger Harrold of stealing her iPhone.
Because of this, Ponsetto was dubbed the SoHo Karen. Prior to the incident, most of her favorite items on her Etsy profile were iPhone cases.
According to Ponsetto, she is of Italian, Puerto Rican, Greek and Vietnamese descent. Here are 13 more things about her:
- In 2016, she graduated from Simi Valley High School where she was a member of the cheerleading squad.
- In August 2019, she lived with a man in an apartment in Sun Valley. The property company that owns the apartment sued them in Los Angeles Superior Court because they failed to pay $1,250 in rent.
- On February 28, 2020, she and her mother Nicole Claudine Ponsetto appeared intoxicated and refused to leave The Peninsula Beverly Hills, a 5-star hotel on South Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. When Beverly Hills Police Department officers arrived, her mother pushed and kicked one of the officers. She and her mother were both arrested.
- On May 27, 2020, the Los Angeles County District Attorney charged her and her mother with being intoxicated in public. Her mother was also charged with battery on a police officer. They were expected to appear in court on January 28, 2021.
- On May 28, 2020, she was arrested by the West Los Angeles California Highway Patrol for driving with a suspended license and failure to obey traffic lane near Calabasas, California. She was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, one count of driving on a suspended license and one count of unlawful use of a driver’s license.
- On September 28, 2020, she pleaded no contest to her DUI charge and was sentenced to a three-year probation and three days in jail or 30 hours of community service in lieu of payment of $390 in fines. She was ordered to enroll in a nine-month alcohol and drug education and counseling program.
- She was 22 years old when she encountered Keyon and Keyon Jr. on December 26, 2020.
- On January 1, 2021, a male New York Post photographer spotted her at a McDonald’s parking lot in Fillmore, California. She told him, “I’m actually 22 so I don’t know what the problem is here and I’m also Puerto Rican so thank you.”
- On January 7, 2021, “CBS This Morning” host Gayle King interviewed her. Hours after the interview, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested her in California after a brief car chase.
- On January 8, 2021, she appeared in court via video in Ventura County, California where she was jailed. She agreed to be transported back to New York to face charges.
- On June 30, 2021, a New York County grand jury indicted her on two counts of unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Represented by Paul D’Emilia, she pleaded not guilty.
- In February 2022, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office offered her a deal in which she would plead guilty to unlawful imprisonment in the second degree as a hate crime and serve two years of probation in California.
- On April 11, 2022, she pleaded guilty to unlawful imprisonment in the second degree as a hate crime for the December 6, 2020 incident in exchange for two years’ probation.
Before Miya Ponsetto was identified as the SoHo Karen, we conducted a poll on Twitter. Here are the results: