A video of a rich socialite raging at a family on Saturday afternoon for having a photo shoot on a popular Houston community sidewalk has gone viral.
Inside Edition reports Franci Neely approached the Texas couple in the esplanades of the Broadacres community as they took photos of their 1-year-old for her birthday.
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Neely was upset that the parents, Kelyn and Isaiah Allen, had laid out various props along the community’s sidewalk.
Isaiah used his cellphone to record the attack. The video posted on Facebook shows Neely calling Kelyn “crazy” and repeatedly hitting Isaiah’s phone.
Kelyn wrote on Facebook that the woman passed by several others taking photos and approached her family.
According to Inside Edition, Isaiah said:
“I’m still shocked, I’m still shaking.”
The couple’s daughter can be heard crying in the background. Further, Neely is seen dragging the child’s pink rug or blanket from the sidewalk.
Kelyn told Inside Edition:
“I was very angry and I felt extremely disrespected.”
Despite what the footage shows, Neely has released a statement victimizing herself.
According to Inside Edition, she stated:
“I am very sorry that I got upset on late Saturday afternoon. […] It’s hard to remain composed when confronted by shouted threats of lawsuits and false, inflammatory accusations.”
However, ABC13 reports this may not be Neely’s first temper tantrum over others taking photos in the esplanades.
Mario Montemayor shared some video with ABC13 from the spring of 2018 in which a woman who appears to be Neely is seen cursing at high schoolers for taking prom photos. Among the group was Montemayor’s daughter.
“I still feel violated that someone could just come up to you. They didn’t like where you were. It was a free space. It was disturbing. I don’t think she committed a crime, but she was very rude. I’m not asking for an apology, but it’s disturbing we can’t walk in a free space.”
Since these videos have surfaced, ABC13 contacted Houston Public Works to clarify community policy.
The department said:
The esplanades of Broadacres are part of a public city of Houston right-of-way. The Broadacres Homeowners Association cannot block the esplanades from public use. Anyone with concerns about members of the public blocking a public right-of-way are asked to call 311.
Neely is popularly known as the ex-wife of Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros baseball team. She reportedly got $30 million following their divorce.
Kelyn wrote on Facebook that she and her husband have filed a police report and will be pressing charges.