When a YouTube video showing 25-year-old Jorge Peña getting attacked on a New York City subway train went viral last week, Peña didn't know if he would face charges for slapping a woman who just wouldn't leave him alone.
He slapped the screaming woman after she first hit him in the head. In the aftermath of the incident, many were left to wonder which of them was at fault and who might be charged. But the Manhattan District Attorney's office on Wednesday said Peña acted only in self-defense, clearing him from facing any criminal charges.
The now-Internet viral subway brawl began when one woman, egged on by two others, kept making fun of Peña's 8-ball jacket and fur hat. It didn't take long for the heated rhetoric to turn into an all-out fight after one of the women appeared to hit Peña in the back of the head.
Peña' decided he wasn't going to take it and hit back. He slapped one of the woman across the face so hard a very clear "pop" could be heard in the video right as it happened.
But Peña isn't necessarily proud of what he did: “I never slapped anyone before. Especially a girl,” he said.
But, he said, "she attacked me like a man."
Watch as the fight erupted right in the middle of this New York subway "F" train (content warning — strong language):
(H/T: New York Post)
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