A 53-year-old white woman has apologized to the 9-year-old black boy she falsely accused of sexually assaulting her in a New York bodega, but he isn’t accepting it.
"I don't forgive this woman, and she needs help," Jeremiah Harvey told New York’s ABC 7 News on Monday.
Last Wednesday, Teresa Sue Klein (dubbed “Cornerstore Caroline” by a man filming her) called the police on Jeremiah at a Brooklyn grocery store. She claimed Jeremiah had “sexually assaulted” her by grabbing her butt, though surveillance video revealed that his backpack merely brushed against her as he was leaving the store.
“I was just sexually assaulted by a child,” Klein told police in a call.
In the video, Harvey can be seen crying next to his mother as Klein confronts numerous bystanders. Klein, who did not appear perturbed by the man filming her, can even be heard reciting her own phone number and address.
“White lady calls the cops on a black lady, I get it,” Klein said. “They’re videotaping.”
After surveillance video clearly showed that the boy did not assault Klein, she told journalists outside of the store that she was sorry for her actions.
“Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry,” she said.
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