A Florida woman, who was allegedly forced to walk naked through New York City in the winter by an ex-boyfriend who filmed the whole thing, took to the stand in court to describe her ex-partner’s behavior, The New York Post reported.
“He grabbed my neck, and forced it really hard. I was losing breath,” said the 24-year-old victim, claiming that ex-boyfriend Jason Melo, 22, tortured her for two hours before pushed her outside.
“He was saying many things, like I’m a whore, I could kill you right now, I’m capable of anything,” said the woman, as Melo looked on.
After Melo found explicit text exchanges on her phone with other men, she said he swung a small statue at her, as if threatening to bash her head in, while their infant daughter lay feet away.
“He said, you know what, you’re gonna pay. You’re gonna get naked and you’re gonna go out on the street, and you’re gonna pay,” she said.
He forced her outside, wrapped just in a towel, and spewed gendered insults at her as he yanked the towel away.
“Pay, pay the price for your shame,” he said, in a video that was uploaded to the internet. “You’re going to pay the price for being a whore. Since you’re a whore, you’re going to pay like a whore.”
“There, on the trash, exactly,” he said, as she tried to hide behind some trash bins. “Pose with your trash.”
She finally wrapped herself in a motorcycle cover as he continued to film her. The tape then cuts off, according to the Post.
Melo has said he didn’t regret his behavior.
“She shouldn’t have done what she did,” he told a Post reporter who asked him if he was sorry.
His lawyer has even claimed that Melo’s girlfriend didn’t mind walking through the street naked.
“When the towel dropped, the lady calmly walked down the street laughing,” claimed lawyer Andres Aranda.
The victim alleged that Melo tried to sell t-shirts and hats with his quotes after the video went viral.
One said, “Let’s go, participa,” next to a picture of a poodle that the victim claimed was him calling her a “bitch.”
If convicted, Melo faces up to seven years in prison.