Harry Brant, the 20-year-old son of billionaire Peter Brant and former supermodel Stephanie Seymour, is the latest case in the United States affluenza epidemic. He was arrested on Thursday, July 28 after refusing to pay $27.85 in cab fare.
According to the New York Daily News, Brant booked it after telling his cab driver that he didn’t have the money to pay for the ride. He was apprehended by police mid-flee, “sweating profusely and pale in color.”
Although the socialite first denied having taken a cab, he eventually told the cops what he had told his driver — that he couldn’t afford the fare. Brant also resisted giving the officers his name, but was eventually recognized as one of Peter Brant’s sons.
The police sought to handcuff him, but Harry allegedly attempted to flee the scene. Unsuccessful, he resorted to the behavior common to most mature adults: kicking, flailing, and hollering, “No! No!” Perhaps Brant’s temper tantrum was inspired by fear of drug charges: the officers found narcotics concealed in his wallet.
When all was said and done, Brant was charged with larceny, resisting arrest, and drug possession and will appear in court on August 4. Just four months ago his brother, Peter Brant Jr., was arrested at JFK Airport for drunkenly fighting a Port Authority police officer.
Best wishes to Harry as he battles this nasty bout of affluenza. May his spirit remain strong and his Instagram account venerated during these trying times.