Jay Z Receives Apology From Barneys CEO Mark Lee

Barneys CEO Mark Lee says that the recent allegations of racial profiling leveled against the retailer have taken away from the work of Jay Z, who has a partnership with Barneys.

Barneys CEO Mark Lee apologized to Jay Z today (October 29), saying that that the recent allegations of racial profiling leveled against Barneys have taken away from the work of Jay Z’s foundation. Lee also said today that no one at the retailer had racially profiled the customers in question, according to nypost.com.

“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Carter,” Lee said, as per nypost.com. “Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.”

In September, Jay Z revealed a partnership with Barneys titled “A New York Holiday,” which will consist of limited edition pieces by high-end fashion brands and interactive window displays for the holiday season. 

Last week, the New York Daily News reported two separate incidents in which Barneys committed discrimination against two African American customers. Trayon Christian, 19, and Kayla Phillips, 21, were questioned by New York Police Department officials as suspects of credit card fraud.

“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said today. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.”

After the New York Daily News report last week, Brooklyn resident Derick Bowers launched a petition requesting Jay Z to end his partnership with Barneys New York. Bowers said he wants Jay Z to cut ties with Barneys because the retailer’s actions show that “they have no connection with the young, black Hip Hop community.”

In an interview with allhiphop.com, Bowers said, “I’m not personally attacking Jay Z. This attack is really at Barneys. What I’m asking from him is to withdraw that partnership to let them know we have that power, and you can’t take that from us.”

On Saturday (October 26), Jay Z released a statement saying that he is waiting on facts before deciding how to address his business deal with Barneys, as per Jay Z’s lifeandtimes.com website.

Lee made his statements today after an hour-long meeting with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem, New York headquarters of Sharpton’s National Action Network. 

“I’m prepared to stand with the Rev. Sharpton and the leaders to effect real change and bring other retailers into the fold,” Lee said, as per nypost.com. “Moving forward there is a broader issue that needs to be addressed and Barneys New York is committed to be part of the solution.”

RELATED: Jay Z Blasts Critics Of His Barneys Partnership


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  • chillthrillz

    fuck your sympathies,,,,bastard,,,, this is coming off as some promotion scheme for real,,,,

  • chillthrillz

    maybe its me but why the fuck is he apologizing to this dude for shouldn't he be apologizing to the shoppers that got profiled and harassed or did i miss that ,,,,

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  • Anonymous

    Don't let what Jay z does take you rattention away from what they do. They are gonna try to redirect the outrage towards Jay z in fact that's what happening.

  • Lammy

    How to get into and out of a racial faux pas: Step 1 - Have a house N*gg** like Jay-Z on your payroll Step 2 - Get caught being racist Step 3 - Deny racism Step 4 - Kiss Rev Sharpton's ass Step 5 - Make donation Step 6 - Emphasize relationship with prominent black men (see step 1) Step 7 - Wait for white media to downplay racial allegations Step 8 - Repeat from step 2

  • Haters

    Is this not what you're hear for... Now you all can sleep but for your info even If Hov will fall he won't fall below Bob L Johnson. Fuck all this

  • Anonymous

    Of course they're going to apologize to the guy they're doing business with and not to the woman and man they racially profiled. lol This is such bullshit. Jay-Z is a dumbass for not cutting ties asap.

  • Wealth

    Al is the lamb sent by the lion. Oh the next 20 years are going to be so much more fun, now that their are people within our race that have true wealth and are not the "Bob Johnson" "Michael Jordan" "Oprah" type. Not saying they aren't committed to justice for their people but they don't where it on their sleeve like Jay does. I saw dude at the occupy rally, and respect that his heart, his wife's heart, Kanye and Kim's hearts are in the right place to exact real change in society. They got the money to do it! Haters hate on...While those of us who want a egalitarian utopia for all keep fighting the good fight!

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    • Anonymous

      ^^^ I'll leave you with your juvenile view of the world. work ethic? No it's called earning a living. You do not know the name of one person with "long money". There are people that pretty much own nations, you are here talking about a singer having long money. Bill Gates does not have long money just to give you some perspective.

    • @ Anonymous

      You stupid bitch you don't know what you're talking about. The comment above me is correct.

    • TroyJenk

      Paul Mc Cartney has long money and he still goes on tour and releases albums...it's called work ethic and having a love for your craft. Jay-Z's brand is dependent upon him being a hip hop star which requires the release of albums and touring.

    • Anonymous

      you've been deceived. it sounds like you mean well but you are naive. Celebrities at Ocuppy Rally= Photo Op. Occupy rally = waste of time/distraction. What kind of change do you expect Jay-z and Beyonce to effect? If Jay-z had money he would not be on tour or releasing albums; it appears you don't know what long money is. These people are all bought and paid for like your friend Al Sharpton.

  • Duff

    Sharpton make the black folk look bad

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  • imho

    ut oh here comes all the black superheros again rdy with the pitchforks and protest marches..clowns

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    • Sacking

      I was thinking the same thing. This Hov all day, wouldn't have even been addressed if he had not released his statement. Regardless of all the shit to be said next....... Great look Hov!!

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  • Anonymous

    I wonder how much Sharpton received..

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