By: Alyssa Wilson
Police in New Jersey responded to a call at The Mall at Short Hills after a Black woman recorded video of a white woman trying to attack her and chasing her around the store PINK.
The video quickly went viral on social media after the white woman tried to hit 38-year-old Ijeoma Ukenta. After the woman realized Ukenta was recording her, she began screaming and fell to the floor.
Somebody come look at this … pic.twitter.com/0grrlebhGq
— Or Maybe We Can Just Be Silent… (@killafran) July 12, 2021
Two Millburn police officers responded to the mall and questioned the white woman captured on video, NJ Advance Media reported. One of the officers asked Ukenta to email the video to them.
Ukenta started a GoFundMe on Tuesday that has already raised more than $85,000. In the caption, she wrote, “…I was treated like it was 1920 in Short Hills Mall. I was assaulted and harassed by a white woman and nothing was done by security nor the police. I’m looking to hire me an excellent attorney who can help me bring light to this wrong.”
Victoria Secret, the company which owns PINK, released a statement saying associate and customer safety is their top priority. “The video taken in our store is unsettling and we have initiated a full investigation. Our associates followed our protocols and immediately called our Emergency Operations Center as well as mall security for support during the altercation between our customers,” the statement said.
Associate and Customer safety is our top priority, and we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all. pic.twitter.com/vREtLvC2o0
— Victoria’s Secret (@VictoriasSecret) July 13, 2021
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