Miya Ponsetto pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, June 30, to hate crime charges after she allegedly attacked a black teen at a Manhattan hotel.
Ponsetto, 22, was caught on video accusing Keyon Harrold Jr., 15, of swiping her cell phone and then trying to tackle him in the lobby of the Arlo Soho Hotel on Dec. 26, 2020.
According to the New York Post, Ponsetto was indicted by a grand jury on charges of unlawful imprisonment as a hate crime, aggravated harassment and endangering the welfare.
Ponsetto’s attorney, Paul D’Emilia, pled not guilty on her behalf, reported TMZ News. D’Emilia told reporters that he believes the charges are an “overreach”, calling it “absurd” and “shameful”.
Paul D’Emilia released in the following statement:
“Today marked another low point in out-going Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s checkered administration. Instead of helping to foster a civil and enlightened resolution to an unfortunate incident between two young people, DA Vance chose a craven and opportunistic path in indicting, with felony hate crime charges, Ms. Miya Ponsetto.”
Ponsetto is due back in court in October of 2021.