Black child falsely accused of grabbing white woman: ‘I felt humiliated’

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Jeremiah Harvey, a 9-year-old black child who captured national attention last week after a white woman falsely accused him of groping her, says he is struggling to move on from the ordeal. 

In an interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday, Harvey, sitting next to his mother, said he was traumatized by the incident and hasn’t been able to think of anything else.

“It’s still hard because lately on my mind, like, I can’t think nothing but this,” Harvey said. “I felt humiliated because of the way she was acting. I started to tear up.” 

{mosads}The interview comes days after Harvey had the police called on him by a white woman, Teresa Klein, who accused him of touching her inappropriately.

In surveillance footage of the incident that has since gone viral, Harvey can be seen walking past Klein with his mother at a deli in Brooklyn.

Shortly after Harvey walks past Klein, she quickly turns around and can be seen shouting across the deli and later arguing with the boy’s mother. The conversation quickly escalated, with Klein calling the police outside of the store.

Harvey’s mother, Someko Bellille, said in the Friday interview that her son has been permanently scarred by the incident.

“It was devastating for him,” Bellille said, “because even after walking away he was pointing to, you know, patrol cars on Flatbush Avenue and saying, ‘Mommy, are they here to take you away from us?'”

“To be having a conversation with your son about sexual assault at the age of 9 — I never thought I’d be having this conversation,” she said.

“That fear that was placed in your heart, it is going to be replaced with something great,” Bellille continued. “You’re gonna be an example for other children.”

Klein has since issued an public apology to Harvey for the incident. 

While speaking to reporters earlier this week, the young boy said he does not accept her apology. 

“I don’t forgive this woman, and she needs help,” he said after a community meeting in New York on Monday.

But when asked if would forgive Klein for the incident in the interview with “Good Morning America” on Friday, Harvey said: “Yes. Yes I do.”

“Friendship is the key, it changed my whole mind of accepting the apology that she gave me,” Harvey said.


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