A woman, who was allegedly made to walk naked through the streets of New York after she was accused by her boyfriend of messaging other men, has spoken about her ordeal. In an altercation at their home, Jason Melo, 24, allegedly choked and punched the terrified 22-year-old, in front of their two-month-old daughter.
He then made her take off all her clothing and walk around the block. She claims Melo told her that if she did not do as he said, he would throw her down the stairs and slash her face.
Shocking footage shows the woman covering herself in a towel before the man eventually pulls it away, exposing her in front of passersby on the street. The woman tries to preserve her dignity, at one point attempting to cover herself with a canvas draped over a nearby motorbike.
In the video, the man believed to be Melo can be heard saying in Spanish: "Stop and take the towel off. We need to see your shame." He adds: "A pretty girl like you [...] with seven men. You will pay the price. Now everybody can see, now everybody can see."
"Take off your towel! Co-operate b***h. Show what you are, so pretty and so great. She's a tart. Let's go. Let's go. Say hi to the camera and say why you're doing this.'Take off your towel and pay the price for the shame I feel after telling you how pretty you were and that I wanted to start a family with you, but it the meantime you were talking to seven other men."
The woman says: "But not to have sex with them."
"Oh wow, not to have sex! But conversations about kissing, with "love", "babe" and the pictures," he replies.
As she continued to walk away from him, he says: "Take off your towel. You're going to pay the price like a w***e'. Since you're a w***e, pose like a w***e. Damn w***e. Now the guys you're talking to will see if you're worth it, talking to seven men while I was with you.'
Speaking about her ordeal, the young woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she is now in hiding in their apartment with her newborn daughter and is too afraid to go out. She told Univision: "I was so scared of him, I didn't know what to do, I couldn't even think. He started threatening me, he threatened to slash my face."
According to information alongside the video, the man claims he discovered the woman had been messaging multiple men and sharing naked pictures, although this has not been verified. The shocking video left social media users horrified. "I don't know what she did and I don't care. Nobody deserves to be humiliated by such a low-life scumbag."
According to the Daily Mirror Melo appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday (21 January) charged with assault in the third degree, menacing in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.
In a series of Instagram videos, posted yesterday, he apologised to his girlfriend and claimed he regretted what he had done. He said: "Please forgive me, I want you all to know that I am not as bad as you think. I just want to tell you all that I feel bad, as a man. You don't know what was going through my mind.
"I came from a woman, I have a daughter, and I have two sisters. But look what you pushed me to do. I am sorry for everything. This the last video I will make, I don't want any interviews, I don't want anything."
In a written comment below the final video, he writes: 'Last thing from me, just that I feel so bad about this cruelty that it's opened my eyes to a person I loved blindly." His grovelling apology was met with derision as disgusted members of the public responded.
Echoing the overriding sentiment one person wrote: "You are sick."
Melo, who lives in Harlem but is believed to be from the Dominican Republic, describes himself alternately as a 'entrepreneur' and a 'comedian' on social media. At the top of his Instagram page, he writes: "How Good It Feel Knowing That I Will Be Millionaire And Successful Forever."