Barneys CEO Says Store Employees Not Responsible for Racial Profiling

Says they didn't inform police or security about any problems with purchases by black customers


Barneys CEO Mark Lee expressed his condolences Tuesday to two customers who alleged racial profiling at his store — but said store employees were not to blame.

"No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips … and we offer our deepest sympathies to both," said Lee.

Christian, 19, and Phillips, 21, who are black, both accused Barneys of targeting them after they shopped at the high-end store.

Christian said that he was detained after buying a $349 designer belt in April, while Phillips said she was accused of credit card fraud after buying a $2,500 bag in February.