Community rallies behind boy accused of assault by 'Cornerstore Caroline'

October 15, 2018 - 6:23 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Residents in Flatbush, Brooklyn, are standing in solidarity with a nine-year-old African-American boy who was wrongly accused of by a woman of groping her in a convenience store.

The boy, along with his mother, was joined by several residents at a rally Monday afternoon. "You've got a great family, a great community," a community organizer told the boy at the rally.

Teresa Klein, who is white, called the police last week complaining that the boy touched her buttocks at a deli in Flatbush.

She told cops that she'd been sexually assaulted by a child. She also complained that the boy's mother did not take her complaint seriously.

"Her son grabbed my (expletive), and she decided to yell at me," she can be heard saying in a video that went viral.

The video got 4 million views when it went online, and Klein got plenty of ridicule, including some from the poster of the video who called her Cornerstore Caroline.

After reviewing the store's security video - which did not show an assault - Klein, 53, apologized to the boy.

"Young man, I don't know your name, but I apologize," she said.

She claims she did not act out of racism or bigotry.