NEW YORK — Police say a 24-year-old New York City was arrested Wednesday. He's accused of punching and choking his girlfriend, and then forcing her to walk on the streets while wearing just a towel. He recorded her while she walked.
She also appears naked while on the street in the video recording.
The video showed up on the Internet and media outlets ran it.
The man is accused of taking her towel. The woman tries to hide near some garbage cans. He can be heard saying, "The price of being a cheater, right there in the garbage, exactly, pose with your garbage,"
The Associated Press reports that Jason Melo faces assault charges in Manhattan. His arrest came after his 22-year-old girlfriend filed a report.
His girlfriend told police he threatened to kill her if she didn't go out in the towel.
Melo and the woman have a daughter together.
He posted on his Instagram account that he feels "bad as a man" but that others would have done "something crazier" if they went through what he did, according to the AP's report.
He asked all the women watching for forgiveness, saying, "Maybe I made a mistake, doing what I did, taking her out naked in the beginning. If I could go back in time I wouldn't do it. Because in my mind, so much has happened to me."
However, he posted another version of the video he made of his girlfriend, only this one showed a shirtless man pretending to be the woman.
He has received plenty of critical comments on his Instagram account.
The first lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray, mentioned the case in a statement Thursday. She said domestic abuse won't be tolerated in the city.