Inside Edition
Inside Edition 4 Jan 2021

Cell Phone 'Karen' Has History of Outbursts at Posh Hotels

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The woman seen in widely circulated video attacking and falsely accusing a Black teenager of stealing her cell phone in a New York City hotel was allegedly involved in another incident at a hotel last year. Miya Ponsetto and her mother were charged with public intoxication after cops say they refused to leave the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. They pleaded not guilty and have a court hearing later this month. The next day, Miya was charged with drunk driving and reportedly pleaded no contest.


The now notorious incident in which a Black 14-year-old teen was wrongly accused of stealing a white woman's iPhone at a hotel in New York City is causing outrage across America. And it's the latest example of Black people who say they were treated with suspicion when staying at upscale hotels. Inside Edition Correspondent Jim Moret recently spoke with six Black Americans who say they were treated like criminals during their hotel stays.
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