A New York subway commuter who was seen slapping a woman in a video that went viral has come forward to explain his actions.
Jorge Peña, 25, will not be charged with assault because he was defending himself against an aggressive woman who attacked him, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office said on Wednesday.
Peña, who was dubbed the "Subway Slapper" by the NY media, slapped the woman into next week, after he was attacked on the F train by the woman and her friends who taunted him for wearing his 1980s-style 8-ball jacket and a rabbit fur Russian hat.
From The NY Post:
He told The Post that the jacket is actually highly fashionable right now and was worn by the rapper TI in a recent music video.
“I love this jacket,” Peña said. “But I don’t think I can wear it anymore.
“People will just know me because of it and what happened.”
Peña — a former pro baseball prospect — was riding the train home from work Friday night when a pack of wild women started mocking his clothes and then one pulled off her stiletto boot and hit him in the head.
“I never slapped anyone before. Especially a girl,” said the 6-foot-6 Peña.
“But when I saw that blood, I couldn’t take it. She attacked me like a man.”
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