NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of beating his girlfriend then forcing her to walk down a Manhattan street wearing only a towel as punishment has been charged with assault.
Twenty-four-year-old Jasson Melo was arraigned late Thursday. He was also charged with menacing and aggravated harassment.
Police and prosecutors say he filmed his 22-year-old girlfriend walking slowly in the winter cold in a short white bath towel and dark shoes as punishment for texting with other men. He yanks the towel away and she is eventually naked on the street. The video was widely circulated online.
Prosecutors say they are weighing whether to add charges related to the video. The woman said he also choked and beat her in front of their baby girl.
A call to Melo’s attorney was not immediately returned.