New York Socialite Arrested After Refusing to Pay $28 Cab Fare

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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.

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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.

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A story about Peter and Harry Brant from the comments of a 2012 Jezebel story about Peter (http://jezebel.com/i-once-sat-in-…), which I immediately thought of because the amount of utterly clueless privilege is just painful:

—I once sat in a room with André Leon Talley and Peter Brant II while André Leon Talley talked about his many years in fashion. At one point, Talley touched on the reasons why he, growing up gay, black, and poor in pre-Civil Rights-era rural North Carolina, was too fearful to dress with the flamboyance he even then knew he favored.

Peter Brant II chose this moment to speak up. He said that he totally understood Talley’s conundrum, because he, Peter Brant II, had gone to “a really prissy, uptight, all-boys prep school.”

His younger brother Harry interrupted, “At least we had the Brant Auditorium, though.”

Peter Brant II considered for a moment, then nodded and said, “And the Brant Lawn.”—