There was the “Daddy” hat. There was the wave of the hand, and imperious “Very well, Gayle.” Enough! ”And, in Miya Ponsetto’s now viral Gayle King interview, the so-called“ SoHo Karen ”arrested for attacking a black teenage girl and falsely accusing her of stealing her cell phone, there was the bewildering responses the interviewee presented for her actions.
King spoke with Ponsetto, 22, “hours before his arrest,” according to CBS this morning. Ponsetto apologized from “the bottom of my heart” for the incident – but then repeatedly defended his actions, insisting, “I don’t feel like this one mistake defines me.” I consider myself to be super nice, ”she added. “I’m a 22 year old girl … how does a girl accuse a man of a phone as a crime?”
Ponsetto chose a confusing piece of outfit for his television debut: a black baseball cap inscribed with “Daddy.” It appears to be from Urban Outfitters, and you can buy yours now on sale for $ 16.
The Daily Beast spoke to Ponsetto’s attorney, Sharen H. Ghatan, from the California Legal Counsel, and she’s just as confused as we are about the prop.
“The hat was definitely not chosen by me,” Ghatan said. “My office gave her advice on what to wear. We asked her to wear professional attire. When she came to the interview, I told her the baseball cap wouldn’t be something we could use in the interview. One because of the lighting, two because of the logo. She was very defiant and insisted that she wear it. I specifically asked him to take it off before the interview. She said it’s her story, it’s her hat and she wanted to wear it. She is a very stimulating client.
Ghatan believed that this choice “could cause some controversy”. She and the crew asked Ponsetto to remove her several times.
“It was important to her,” Ghatan said. Why? “I am uncertain. I’m very concerned about her sanity and well-being, because for her to start an interview with such a provocative tone, regardless of everything she says, including myself, and I’m here to his best interest, has worried me a lot.
“She is not well. I am not a psychiatrist. . . She’s not doing well, that’s all I can say. She needs help, and that’s not the kind of help I can give.“
– Sharon H. Ghatan
Asked about Ponsetto’s state of mental health, Ghatan replied, “She’s not doing well. I am not a psychiatrist. . . She’s not doing well, that’s all I can say. She needs help, and that’s not the kind of help I can give.
Ghatan said TMZ that she was “forced to cancel more” interviews after realizing how the King’s interview turned out to be a train wreck.
“I don’t know how I’m going to do this,” the lawyer told The Daily Beast. “I don’t know if I can go ahead with a client who doesn’t want and accept the legal advice I’m giving them.”
Like the rest of the internet, Ghatan praised Gayle King for keeping his cool during a tense interview where his client silenced the anchor. “The interview was very well done. Gayle King is such a professional, as is the entire CBS crew. They are fantastic.
At the end of the clip, Ghatan tried to push Ponsetto back a bit. According to her, this was not the only attempt. “I interrupted [Mia] several times, and I intervened several times. I made statements and did my best, but she would interrupt me and stop. It put me at a disadvantage to help him.
Ghatan added that it was “the most difficult thing I have encountered with a client, frankly. Out of a thousand customers, you might find one who isn’t listening, the other 99 want to listen. She is the one who is the right one.
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