Another young, black shopper has accused Barneys of racial profiling.
Prompted by news yesterday of 19-year-old Trayon Christian being attacked by undercover cops when he left the high-end department store with a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt in April, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips has come forward with a disturbingly similar story.
The Daily News reports Phillips bought a $2,500 Céline bag from Barneys in February, using her temporary Bank of America debit card. She left the store and was on her way to the train station when she was attacked by four undercover police officers who suspected her of fraud and demanded to know what she was doing in the area. After presenting identification and her new debit card that had arrived in the mail that morning, she was let go.
Phillips is now suing the NYPD for $5 million and ABC reports that a civil rights group is seeking a meeting with the department store.
A spokesperson for Barneys has denied any involvement, saying “No employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale.”
If three’s a trend, cryptic statements might be the new accessory du jour. Yesterday a spokesperson for the store denied any staff involvement in Christian’s detainment, releasing two statements that failed to explain how officers arrived on the scene if that was indeed the case.
This is sure to cast a shadow over that Jay Z holiday collaboration.