Amy Cooper, the white woman dubbed “Central Park Karen” after she accused a black bird watcher of threatening her in 2020, lost a lawsuit against her former employer alleging she was illegally fired and portrayed as a racist been.
US District Judge Ronnie Abrams on Wednesday dismissed Cooper’s claim that she was defamed when ex-employer Franklin Templeton, a holding company, axed her a day after the viral altercation in Central Park.
Cooper claimed that Franklin Templeton and his executive director Jenny Johnson maintained their image as “privileged white female ‘Karen'” by making public statements about their firing after conducting an investigation into the incident.
In May 2020, Cooper went viral after video showed her yelling at bird watcher Christian Cooper and calling police to claim an “African American man” had “threatening” her while walking her dog in Central Park.
Her lawsuit, filed in May 2021, argued that her call to the police had nothing to do with Christian’s breed — but because the “overzealous birder” singled her out as a “target” in a feud between bird lovers and dog lovers.
Cooper was charged by the Manhattan District Attorney in July 2020 with falsely reporting a third-degree incident. The charges were eventually dropped by prosecutors after she attended therapy sessions because of racial prejudice, but she still lost her job.
She has been with Franklin Templeton since 2015 as an insurance portfolio manager.
Cooper claimed in her lawsuit that her former employer’s statements, which received over 200,000 likes on Twitter, implied that the company had uncovered details about her alleged racism that were not apparent from the video, but the Manhattan judge disagreed .
“The content of the viral video, as well as the dialogue about it both in the media and on social media, was already in the public domain,” making the defendants’ testimonies “unchallengeable as pure opinion,” Abrams wrote in his ruling.
With mail wires
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