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Girlfriend breaks down testifying during trial of boyfriend who forced her to walk naked down an NYC street

December 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Girlfriend breaks down testifying during trial of boyfriend who forced her to walk naked down an NYC street

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A woman who was forced to walk down a Harlem street naked in the dead of winter while being recorded by her jealous ex-boyfriend began sobbing on the stand on Monday as jurors viewed the shocking footage.

“He grabbed my neck and forced it hard. I was losing breath,” the 25-year-old said. The woman, whose name has not been made public said Jason Melo “tortured” her for two hours before he forced her out into the cold and pulled out his phone to record her.

“He was saying things like I’m a whore, I could kill you, I’m capable of anything,” the woman testified.

The ordeal continued for several hours as Melo threatened to murder her after discovering explicit texts from other men.

Jason Melo says girlfriend ‘deserved’ to walk New York street naked in the cold

According to the New York Daily News, the 26-year-old man also reportedly swung a heavy stone Buddha statue at her, as if he was trying to bash her head in, while their two-month-old daughter was on the bed mere feet away.

“He said, you’re gonna pay. You’re gonna get naked and go out on the street, and you’re gonna pay,” she continued.

In the video which was posted on Instagram and LiveLeak, Melo is seen following the woman covered with a bath towel down the block while he scolded her in Spanish.

In the two-minute footage which was shown to jurors on Monday, Melo pulled the towel away forcing her to stand between two parked vehicles in an attempt to cover herself.

Melo said: “Take off your towel! Co-operate b***h. Show what you are, so pretty and so great. 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 you were talking to seven other men.”

The woman replied: “But not to have sex with them.”

He then takes the towel from her, leaving her completely nude in the street, aside from just a pair of boots. As she tried to shield herself between parked cars, he proceeded to shout insults at her.

Melo forced his girlfriend to walk on a Harlem street wearing only a towel in a video he recorded that surfaced online.

He continued: “You’re going to pay the price for being a whore. Since you’re a whore, you’re going to pay like a whore. On the trash, exactly,” he scoffed as she stopped by some garbage cans. “Pose with your trash.”

The woman finally wrapped herself in a motorcycle cover while Melo continued to record her.

The man then later tried to sell merchandise based on the footage, including t-shirts and hats showing his quotes.

At the time he was arrested, Melo defended his behavior stating: “I didn’t hit her. Even the detectives are here, and some of them congratulated me because they see how happy she is and I didn’t pull her hair. Some of the other prisoners are on my side and say some of them would have done worse things.”

Jason Melo, 24, from the Bronx, who forced his girlfriend to walk naked down a Harlem street said she “deserved it”

The woman he is accused of torturing, whose name remains withheld, has revealed that she was terrified of Melo.

She told Univision: “He threatened to slash my face.”

She said that since the incident took place, she has been hiding in her apartment afraid while she takes care of her infant daughter.

Melo faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty on the top count of felony coercion.

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