NEW YORK — A video posted to Facebook by a New York City rapper allegedly shows the aftermath of his attempt to stop a man from groping a teenage girl on a city bus.
Police initially detained and handcuffed both Morancy and the man, identified as Pablo Levano, but Morancy was released without charges.
Moise Morancy, who describes himself as an actor, director, hip-hop recording artist, poet, writer and activist, said in the Facebook post accompanying the video that he watched the man get on the bus, sit next to a 15-year-old girl and begin touching her hand and leg.
“At first he started caressing her hand and I saw how uncomfortable it made her,” Morancy said.
Morancy said the suspect “lunged” at him and the two began fighting. The video Morancy posted shows the aftermath of that fight, with Morancy holding the suspect down until police arrived.
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Levano was charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment, all misdemeanors.