“Soho Karen” Miya Ponsetto wasn’t being racist when she tackled a black teen over her missing iPhone — she was merely “a scared girl” having an anxiety attack, her lawyer has claimed.
The now-notorious 22-year-old California woman was in the Big Apple visiting her father for Christmas and panicked because she couldn’t find her phone and needed it to navigate the city, her attorney, Sharen Ghatan, told TMZ.
Ponsetto has a history of anxiety attacks — and her fears over her missing phone sparked one during her now-viral attack on 14-year-old Keyon Harrold Jr in front of his jazz trumpeter father, the lawyer claimed.
“She was a scared girl alone in a city she doesn’t know and lost her one point of contact for her numbers. She lost her mind for a hot minute. She is sorry,” Ghatan told NBC.
“Miya is young. She let her emotions get the best of her.
“That phone could have been in hand of 90-year-old grandma, an Asian person … someone black or blue. It wasn’t a race related issue,” she insisted of the Dec. 26 confrontation Mayor Bill de Blasio called “racism, pure and simple.”
The lawyer said she is also concerned for her client, telling TMZ that she has fled her Los Angeles home after strangers turned up and made threats — and is now no longer answering calls even from her mother or legal team.
It comes as The Post revealed that NYPD detectives are flying to California this week to try to talk to Ponsetto, who had left her phone in an Uber when she assumed it had been swiped in the lobby of the Arlo Hotel.
Ghatan told NBC that Ponsetto will speak publicly when the time is right, but right now her client is “fragile.”
‘Soho Karen’ Miya Ponsetto was having anxiety attack, not being racist: lawyer The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.