Another day, another racial discrimination lawsuit for Barneys. We told you yesterday that 19-year old Trayon Christian filed a racial discrimination suit against the NYC-based retailer, and now, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips has filed suit, as well. According to the NY Daily News, Phillips bought a $2,500 Céline bag from Barneys in February, using a temporary Bank of America debit card, which did not have her name on it. When Phillips left the Madison Avenue store, she was allegedly when she was “attacked” by four undercover police officers who suspected her of fraud.
Phillips claims that the officers asked her, “What are you doing here in Manhattan? Where’d you get the money to buy that expensive bag?” After presenting identification and her debit card, she was let go. Phillips is now suing the NYPD for $5 million. A spokesperson for Barneys has denied any involvement, saying “No employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale.” And as of now, Barneys has not commented on the status of the Jay Z holiday collaboration.