A Brooklyn woman said a straphanger punched her in the face and cursed her out because she complained he was “manspreading” on a rush hour subway Thursday.
Sam Saia, 37, said she was riding the N train to work, sitting at the end of the car when the man next to her spread his legs open wide, and pushed her into the side of the car at 7:45 a.m.
When she asked the man, “Can you give me a little room?” she says he went off on her. “B----, you ain't nothing! I've raped white b-----s like you, f---ing c---! You ain't nothing, you f---ing b----!” the man yelled, according to Saia.
“Stupid me, I should have got up at that point,” she told the Daily News. “I just told him to relax and I put my earbuds in.”
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Instead of calming down, the enraged man socked Saia in the mouth, splitting her lip and banging her head against the wall of the subway car, she said.
A video posted by a witness to Saia's Facebook page shows what happened next — a good Samaritan, who described himself as being “off-duty” stepped in, grabbed the creep and ordered him to leave the train.
“Get the f--- off the train. Get off the train, bro, you just f---ing hit a lady,” the man said.
Saia is heard saying, “I'm bleeding, you a--hole,” and cursing out the attacker after he apologizes.
Later in the day, Saia said she had trouble finding a police officer to take her report — cops at the 17th Precinct stationhouse, near her job, sent her to Transit District 34 headquarters in Brooklyn. When she called there, officers said she could file her report at any precinct, so she'd be wasting her time going to them. An NYPD spokesman did not comment on the matter.
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“My next step was blow this up on social media,” Saia said. “This took me by surprise. It's just a matter of safety. I want to my neighborhood to be safe. I don't want this to happen to other women or men.”
Saia posted her story on Twitter and Facebook. That's how she got the video of her alleged attacker. Anthony Macca, a fellow straphanger from Brooklyn, saw her post and shared the video.
Macca said he witnessed Saia and the manspreader arguing as the train passed two stops, but didn't see him hit her.
“She said, ‘You hit me!’ And then I heard a loud bang to my left,” Macca said. “The (good Samaritan) grabbed the other guy, I started recording,” Macca said.