Transcript for Jazz musician says woman falsely accused Black teen son of theft
Next, to the ugly confrontation in a hotel lobby here in New York. A woman accosting a 14-year-old blacknager accusing him of stealing her iPhone. The teen and his father, a prominent jazz musician, were guests at the hotel. The father capturing part of the incident on video. The NYPD now investigating. Here's ABC's Adrienne Bankert. Reporter: Tonight, this video of a scuffle involving an unidentified woman claiming a teenager had allegedly stolen her phone sparking outrage. This is my phone! You don't have to explain nothing to her. You're lying your face off, that's mine. Literally, give it back. Are you kidding me? Do you feel like there's only one iPhone made in the world? Reporter: Now Keyon Harrold, a prominent jazz musician and father of the teenager, is speaking out. We were basically targeted, and the lady from the video is screaming that my son somehow took her phone. Reporter: The incident occurring in thee lobby of the arlo hotel in downtown New York City, where Harrold and his family were staying. Within seconds, the hotel manager gets involved. No, I'm trying to settle this situation. No, my son has nothing to do with her. You have my phone. Show me the proof. We have your -- what? You see two black people? No, I'm not letting him get away with my phone! Reporter: As the situation escalates, the woman seen on the ground, it's not clear if she was pushed or fell. Harrold claims she scratched him and tackled his son. Listen, get your hands off. I didn't have the opportunity to be believed, and neither did my son. We were, you know, guilty then proven innocent. Reporter: Now, the hotel says in a statement that they did reach out to the family to directly apologize. Meanwhile, the family's attorney says they're petitions the Manhattan D.A. To press charges and says that an Uber driver later returned that woman's phone. Adrienne, thank you.
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