The 22-year-old was “forcibly” arrested Thursday by Ventura County MPs in her home state of California on a runaway warrant related to the attack of 14-year-old son of jazz musician Keyon Harrold at the Arlo Hotel in SoHo, the sheriff’s office, said the sheriff. Shortly before she was arrested, Ponsetto told CBS host Gayle King that she was acting lawfully in the video Harrold recorded.
Ponsetto, who has since been referred to online as “SoHo Karen,” seemed to stumble while locating the teen and knocking him to the ground.
“Yes, the footage shows me attacking his son,” she said. “Attack him how? Yell at him? Yes. OK. I apologize. Can we continue? “
She said that she considered herself “super cute” and that one incident didn’t define her.
When Ponsetto blamed her decisions on her age of 22, King suggested she was old enough to know better.
Ponsetto snapped: “All right, Gayle. Enough, ”she said, waving her hand at the camera indignantly.
Lawyer Sharen H. Ghatan sat next to Ponsetto and whispered to her client to stop, but it was too late.
“I tried my best to help her, but she got none of it,” Ghatan told the Washington Post. “When she sat in that chair and said I’m not going to take off the ‘Daddy’ hat, she was ready to do what she wanted to do.”
In the interview, Ponsetto wore a black baseball cap with the words “Daddy” on it, a product from the sex advice podcast Call Her Daddy.
Ghatan and CBS staff asked Ponsetto to remove his hat, but she refused, Ghatan said. When the interview ended, Ponsetto stormed off the set.
Ghatan attributed her client’s outbreak to a mental crisis.
“She was unable to hold back,” said Ghatan, and she was less than respectful of King. “That offended and hurt me because I didn’t want that impression.”
She said that while speaking with Ponsetto’s mother beforehand, her client was out of touch and unprepared for the interview until she arrived.
Ghatan represented Ponsetto in New York prior to the incident and is not licensed in that state.
Ponsetto was charged with public poisoning in June and drove under the influence and with a suspended driver’s license in September, according to Los Angeles court records.
According to prosecutors, Ponsetto has yet to be charged with the attack in New York.
She was arrested Thursday by MPs with a warrant from the New York Police Department. When MPs tried to overtake her, she didn’t stop until she got home and refused to get out of the car when they told her they were going to arrest her, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s office.
A Ventura County judge said in a hearing Friday that a New York arrest warrant charged her with attempted robbery, endangering child welfare, attempted grand fourth-degree theft and attempted assault, according to the New York Daily News.
During the filmed encounter, Ponsetto unfoundedly told hotel staff that the teenager, who was staying at the hotel with his family, had their phone. Ponsetto had left her things unattended and thought her phone was taken. It was later found by her Uber driver.
The incident is the latest case of suspected race profiles set to go viral after a summer of protests against racism. In New York City, Amy Cooper, known as “Central Park Karen”, called the police to falsely say that an “African American” had molested her when bird watcher Christian Cooper asked her to put her dog on a leash in a now infamous video to take.
Ghatan said the Harrold family have not yet responded to Ponsetto’s attempt to apologize to them.
The 14-year-old’s parents, Harrold and Kat Rodriguez, said through their attorney, Ben Crump, that their energy was directed towards bringing attention to systemic racism rather than speaking to Ponsetto.
“Miya is being treated by law enforcement and will hopefully be charged with assaulting our child,” the parents said in a statement. “We’re not interested in what she has to say, in her feigned remorse, and we certainly won’t give her a public platform or audience to do that much.”