HARLEM, Manhattan (PIX11) – Barneys is a few miles away from the National Action Network on 145th and Lenox, but that didn’t stop the CEO of the luxurious department store, Mark Lee, from making the journey from Madison and 60th to Reverend Al Sharpton’s headquarters for a face-to-face meeting regarding the scandal that the store has been dealing with since last week.
In a suit filed by Trayon Christian and his attorney Michael Palillo, the 19-year-old Queens resident is taking the NYPD and one of the city’s most luxurious department stores to court over allegations of unlawful arrest as well as racial profiling after he purchased a $348 belt.
“My client’s crime was being a young black male, that is all his crime was, he did nothing wrong,” Michael Palillo said to PIX11 News last week.
Since the initial case, another has emerged at Barneys and there have been additional cases of unlawful arrests and racial profiling at Macy’s flagship store in Midtown that PIX11 News has reported extensively on.
At for the meeting between Barneys CEO Lee and Rev. Sharpton, the two were set to address the media at 10:00 a.m., they emerged at 11:13 a.m.
Lee said that, “We believe in the last week of our research that Barneys employees were not involved in these instances.”
He also stated, “Barneys New York has zero tolerance for discrimination.”
Rev. Sharpton also called for a meeting of retailers as the holiday shopping season approaches saying, “This must be done immediately.”
PIX11’s Mario Diaz will have more on this story on the PIX11 News at 5.