Suspect in Red Line attack speaks out
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The young woman who's become a YouTube sensation for an attack on a male passenger on a Red Line train apologized on Tuesday.
“I feel sorry. If he was here I'd give him a big fat kiss on the cheek and a hug. Say sorry for overdoing it, but you know, there’s nothing I can do about it now,” said Cote.
Melissa Cote -- who is homeless but hopeful that one day she'll become a singer -- says she was drunk when the incident occurred Thursday night.
The 24-year-old says she shouldn't have done it, but wants everyone to know not everything that happened is in this video.
“They missed him touching my leg, and me telling him to stop. What I was wearing was provocative but that still doesn't mean for him to touch me. And it doesn't show him like shoving my dog across the floor with his feet and leaving a big, black, sooty footprint on her,” said Cote.
Cote says she's very protective of her pit bull, named Money, which she says she keeps muzzled so the dog won't hurt anybody.
Once the video went viral, Cote turned herself into transit police on Monday despite the fact that the victim -- seen in the video holding a bottle in a brown paper bag -- refused to press charges, even after enduring Cote’s punches.
“Well it's right there in black and white. I have nothing else to do but plead guilty and take responsibility for my actions,” Cote said. “I just want everybody out there to know I'm not normally like that. I’m not a jerk. I’m a sweetheart,” Cote said.
Cote is charged with assault and battery and disorderly conduct.
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