MANHATTAN (PIX11) — It has been dubbed “the slap heard ’round the world.”
YouTube video showing a man slapping a young woman who had attacked him with her stiletto as they rode the ‘F’ train early Saturday morning took over the Internet this week, spawning heated discussion — and memes.
Jorge Pena, who was sporting his now infamous 8-ball leather jacket when he was verbally and physically attacked by Danay Howard, is remorseful for the slap, and says he doesn’t want to be known as “that guy.”
“I love my jacket,” Pena said tearfully at a news conference. “I cannot wear this jacket anymore.”
But that hasn’t stopped people from cheering for Pena in the street, and creating countless memes and videos in his support.
Pena spent 4 days in jail and was charged with assault after the brawl. The charges were later dismissed.
As for Howard, she has been charged with felony assault.
Pena says that he wants to apologize to Howard and that he has never hit a woman before.
“That’s not me, I’m not that guy,” he said. “She gave me no choice.”