The Harlem lowlife who forced the mother of his child to walk outside naked is finally headed to prison.
On Wednesday, 26-year-old Jason Melo was sentenced to two to seven years in prison for the assault and coercion of his former partner. In January of 2016, he forced his then-girlfriend to walk in a towel down a Harlem street in the freezing cold. Melo can be heard insulting her in Spanish throughout the video. He later pulls the towel off of her before the woman rushes to cover her private parts and attempt to hide behind a car.
The young Florida woman, who is now 24 years old, reports her ex threatened to beat her with a metal Buddha statue if she didn’t oblige to his commands. Their 2-month-old baby was left behind in the house at the time of the incident.
Melo posted video of the debasing ordeal to social media. He then made a separate video in which he and friends created a song which made light of the abuse. The story made national headlines.
“He was saying many things, like I’m a whore, I could kill you right now, I’m capable of anything,” she revealed in court.
“He said, you know what, you’re gonna pay. You’re gonna get naked and you’re gonna go out on the street, and you’re gonna pay,” she continued.
She even said Melo tried to make a profit off of her torture by selling hats and shirts which bore the insults he hurled at her in the video. A letter from the victim read in court by prosecutor Caitlin Connolly revealed she continues to suffer the aftermath of her ex’s cruelty.
“Mr. Melo destroyed me in so many ways, and didn’t stop as he would continuously taunt me as if his nightmare was his sick joke,” she wrote in the note according to the New York Daily News.
His lawyer argued his client had been reacting to a picture he found in the unidentified woman’s phone of a man’s genitals. The woman also planned to leave him and move to the Dominican Republic.
“He didn’t handle it properly. There were lawful ways to deal with this matter,” Theordore Herlich said. “But he didn’t do it for sport.”
The attorney made a shameless attempt to minimize the domestic violence incident by claiming Melo simply suffers from “penis envy.”