Gayle King interviewed Miya Ponsetto on Thursday afternoon (Jan. 7) just hours before she was arrested for attacking and falsely accusing a Black teenager of stealing her phone. In the tense first portion of the “CBS This Morning” interview, which aired on Friday (Jan. 8), Ponsetto defended her actions.
“I was approaching the people that had been exiting the hotel because, in my mind, anyone that is exiting might be the one that is trying to steal my phone,” she said.
King asked Ponsetto if she had questioned anyone else leaving the Arlo SoHo hotel about her phone besides the boy and his father. Ponsetto admitted that she hadn’t, but claimed that by chasing and yelling at the teen she was trying to do her “part” in helping hotel security locate her missing phone.
“I admit, yes, I could’ve approached the situation differently or maybe not yelled at him like that… and hurting his feelings, because that was not my intention. I consider myself to be super sweet,” she added.
Video of the confrontation, which went viral last month, showed Ponsetto screaming at 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr. and accusing him of stealing her phone, which she had actually forgotten in an Uber. Ponsetto then chased the teenager through the hotel and tackled him to the floor.
“I don’t feel that that is who I am as a person; I don’t think that one mistake defines me,” she said. “I do sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, apologize if I made the son feel as if I assaulted him or if I hurt his feelings or the father’s feelings.”
Ponsetto further referred to herself as a “22-year-old girl” and Keyon Jr. as a “guy” and tried to gain sympathy from King.
“How would you feel if you were alone in New York and you’re going to spend time with your family during the holidays, and you lose the one thing that gets stolen from you… that’s your only way to get back home?” she asked.
“You seemed to have attacked this young boy, this teenager, about your phone, and then it turned out he didn’t even have your phone,” King responded. “You’re 22 years old, but you are old enough to know better.”
Ponsetto replied, “I apologized; can we move on?”
The interview then ended abruptly with Ponsetto rudely interrupting King.
“Alright Gayle; enough,” she said.
King later said that the second portion of the interview will air on Monday (Jan. 11). Ponsetto is currently in the custody in Los Angeles and will soon be extradited to New York to face her charges.
Watch the interview below.
The 22-year-old woman caught on camera allegedly physically attacking a 14-year-old Black teen and falsely accusing him of stealing her phone was arrested in California.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 8, 2021
In an exclusive interview, Miya Ponsetto and her lawyer spoke with @GayleKing hours before she was arrested. pic.twitter.com/ezaGkcWZ8j