A Nigerian American woman has raised $85,000 after she appeared to be chased by a white woman - who was quickly branded as a "Karen" - in a New Jersey Victoria's Secret store.
Ijeoma Ukenta was chased by the infuriated woman in one of the famous lingerie stores last week and has since raised $85,000 on GoFundMe to hire an attorney to defend herself against the woman.
The woman was recorded chasing Ukenta around the store, screaming as she cried out for help, and even running at the woman at several points throughout the video. Even when Ukenta was told by someone to stop recording because the lady was clearly "ill", she refused, remarking that she's protecting herself as a Black woman, with these incidents being the things that get Black people "killed."
In the 5th video of her 6-part series, Ukenta displays a police report for the incident, which states Victoria's Secret staff corroborated Ukenta's version of the events.
The woman has now been given the infamous nickname "Victoria's Secret Karen." Not a name you'd want for yourself, is it?
In another of Ukenta's videos titled: "Security acts oblivious," Ukenta talks to a guard who says he has no idea which woman she is referring to, asking if everything is ok... I mean, how could you not know which woman Ukenta is talking about?
"No, I feel in danger. No, everything's not OK. Ask them," Ukenta says, calling over Victoria's Secret manager to corroborate her account.
To make the incident worse, the police tried prompting Ukenta to leave the mall.
"I don't work for the mall, I can't order her out of the mall," the cop says. "I'm not telling you that you have to leave or anything."
Ukenta then interrupts: "If the shoe was on the other foot and I tried to attack her white ass, you'd have me escorted out of this mall."
In another video and on the GoFundMe page, Ukenta says she was unhappy with how the authorities dealt with the situation.
"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 the security nor the police," Ukenta's GoFundMe description says. "I'm looking to hire me an excellent attorney who can help me bring light to this wrong."
On Tuesday, the Victoria's Secret Twitter account released a statement about the incident. It referred to it as an "altercation between our customers" and called the video "unsettling." In the post, the clothing company added that it had "initiated a full investigation" into the matter.
Let's hope Ijeoma can use the fund to properly defend herself following this ugly incident.