The 9-year-old boy who was falsely accused of sexually assaulting a New York woman last week has a message for her: “I don’t forgive this woman at all, and she needs help.”
Teresa Klein sparked outrage when she claimed that Jeremiah Harvey grabbed her “ass” at a Sahara Deli Market in Brooklyn and proceeded to call the police, or so she claims, and made a huge scene outside the store.
“I want the cops here right now,” Klein yelled on witness cell phone video. “I was sexually assaulted by a child!”
Surveillance video from the incident was eventually released and showed that the boy did not touch her, but Klein stuck with her original story immediately after the incident.
“I was standing at the counter, and I was sexually assaulted,” Klein told a local media outlet after the incident.
Speaking at a gathering this week, Harvey addressed the allegations made against him by the woman.
“I don’t forgive this woman at all,” Harvey said. “I think she was crazy. I think she had something going on with her. I think she has a special ill. Well, and she needs help.”
“I don’t forgive this woman at all.” Days after the #CornerstoreCaroline incident, when a white woman accused 9-year-old Jeremiah Harvey of grabbing her butt, Jeremiah tells reporters that he does not forgive his accuser and thinks she needs help. https://t.co/w0gIQ9GXQ1 pic.twitter.com/7q1YLyv1zi
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) October 17, 2018
“Flatbush resident Jason Littlejohn captured the entire exchange that followed and says police never came,” WABC reported. “He now questions if Klein ever made a call and if she understands the gravity of her accusations.”
“That was the most gut-wrenching thing that I’ve seen in my life with a little boy crying like that, and obviously knew he didn’t do anything,” Littlejohn said.
“What happened to us respecting one another, having unity and being neighborly, did we forget that?” Someko Bellille, Harvey’s mother, asked.
Eventually, Klein did apologize for her actions.
“I was wrong,” Klein said this week. “Young man, I don’t know your name, but I’m sorry.”