Abigail Elphick, deemed the “Victoria’s Secret Karen” by viewers around the world, was videoed in a crazy display at the Shorts Hills Mall in New Jersey. The blond woman is seen lunging at a Black woman, before throwing a bizarre temper tantrum on the floor of the lingerie store.

Ijeoma Ukenta, the videographer, claims Elphick attempted to assault her before the woman realized she was being recorded. That’s when the “Victoria’s Secret Karen” knelt to the floor and began to cry.

The strange incident was uploaded to TikTok, though the social media giant reportedly took it down. The video has since been uploaded to YouTube by Ukenta, in an eight-part series that documents her experience with Abigail Elphick.

In the video, the white woman can be seen charging at Ijeoma Ukenta, before the camera is raised high enough and Elphick realizes she is being recorded. The woman then backs away, before crumbling to the ground and starting to cry. Bystanders and Victoria’s Secret employees just stand around, watching the incident unfold from afar or pretending not to notice.

“I never thought nothing like this would ever happen to me,” Ukenta says in the video. “She just tried to run and hit me.”

Abigail Elphick then shouts, “No, I didn’t,” before continuing to whimper on the floor. The altercation lasts around four minutes before Elphick leaves the store and police arrive on the scene. Throughout the video, Elphick pleads with Ukenta to stop filming and continuously wails in a bizarre adult tantrum.

By the end of the video, Abigail Elphick charges at Ukenta again, chasing her around the store as the woman behind the camera sprints away. Mall security and Victoria’s Secret employees do little to intervene, until the last moments of the altercation when the general manager steps in between the two women.

After the video was uploaded across social media platforms, supporters have come out of the woodwork to support Ijeoma Ukenta, who goes by Mama Africa Muslimah on YouTube. “There were many egregious violations of your rights and overall wellbeing by both Millburn Police Department and Short Hills Mall security,” one Twitter user explained. “Abigail Elphick should have been arrested {and still needs to be arrested} and at the very least charged with assault & attempted larceny.”

Abigail Elphick is the Victoria's Secret Karen. Lady throws bizarre tantrum at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey.
Abigail Elphick is the Victoria’s Secret Karen. Lady throws a bizarre tantrum at the Short Hills Mall in New Jersey. Photo Credit: YouTube

In the last few videos uploaded to YouTube, Ukenta documented her experience with mall security and police, who arrived shortly after the “Victoria’s Secret Karen” fled the scene. The officers displayed in the video show little concern for Ukenta, who pleads with them to take the incident more seriously.

“I was just almost assaulted in the mall,” Ukenta tells an officer in her last video before he puts his hand up to calm her down. He then explained that he can’t escort the woman out of the mall, because he doesn’t have the authority to do so.

Viewers on Twitter and YouTube commented on the posts, sharing their outrage for how the officials handled the situation. Since the incident, Ukenta has decided to capitalize on the attention and use her newfound fame for justice.

Ukenta organized a GoFundMe page on Monday, which seeks $20,000 for expected legal fees. Ijeoma Ukenta intends to sue Abigail Elphick and the Short Hills mall security, as well as the Millburn Police Department.  

“I am a Black Muslimah Nigerian AM and I was treated like it was 1920 in Short Hills Mall,” Ukenta wrote in the GoFundMe post. “I was assaulted and harassed by a white woman and nothing was done by security nor the police. I’m looking to hire me an excellent attorney who can help me bring light to this wrong.”

Ijeoma Ukenta pleaded with mall security and Millburn police to take the incident more seriously. She is now seeking legal action and earning funds through GoFundMe.
Ijeoma Ukenta pleaded with mall security and Millburn police to take the incident more seriously. She is now seeking legal action and earning funds through GoFundMe. Photo Credit: YouTube

Since the GoFundMe page was started, the $20,000 goal has been demolished, with over $42,000 in funds donated to the cause. “All videos and updates on the situation are on my YouTube channel: Mama Africa Muslimah,” Ukenta explained. “I was kicked off a TikTok for posting what happened to me and they let someone else post and get millions and millions of views however they deleted 2 of my accounts.”

Ukenta concluded the post by saying that she has “been wronged Abigail Elphick (Karen in my videos,) Short Hills Mall security, Millburn Police Department, and most of all humanity. Please help me!”

So far, no legal action has been taken against the Victoria’s Secret Karen. Elphick later told police officers that she wanted the video to be deleted from Ukenta’s phone, for fear she might lose her job. According to Elphick’s account, the tantrum was a panic attack, as she was concerned that the video being posted online could ruin her life. After speaking with the police, Elphick left the mall voluntarily and has not made a public comment since.