NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The chief executive officer of Barneys New York spoke publicly Tuesday, for the first time since the retail store came under fire after claims of racial profiling.
As CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell reported, Barneys CEO Mark Lee met with civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton and other leaders from the African-American community Tuesday.
“We had a very candid and open meeting today to begin a dialogue,” Sharpton said after the private 45-minute meeting with Lee at Sharpton’s National Action Network office in Harlem.
Also attending Tuesday’s meeting were Hazel Dukes, president of the New York chapter of the NAACP, former Gov. David Paterson, other civil rights leaders, pastors and elected officials.