Video: Waitress Body-Slams Creepy Customer Who Groped Her, He Gets Arrested
SAVANNAH, GA — The 21-year-old waitress who body-slammed a customer who grabbed her backside in surveillance footage that has since gone viral has spoken out about the incident.
Emelia Holden, 21, was working at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, Georgia, on June 30 when 31-year-old Ryan Cherwinski groped her.
Holden can be seen on video footage from the restaurant turning around, grabbing him, and slamming him into a counter. “I looked at him and I said, ‘You don’t touch me, motherf—–!’ ” Holden told People.
“I didn’t even think, I just reacted. I don’t know how I reacted the way I did. I’ve never done that before,” she said.
Holden said that her first reaction was one of shock that a stranger would touch her so intimately.
After she struck Cherwinski, who was dining with the mother of his children, Holden told a coworker to call the police.
Cherwinski was arrested and charged with sexual battery, according to a Savannah Police Department spokeswoman.
Holden said that Cherwinski told police that he “barely touched” her, but added that once police saw the video they immediately decided to arrest him.
She added that customers gave her high-fives, and said that she happy that her attacker had been arrested.
Footage of the incident was posted on Monday, and has since racked up hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube.
“I’m not glad that it happened, but I’m glad that it’s had such a positive outcome,” she told People.
“I’m glad that other women can see this and know that you can stand up for yourself. You also have the right to wear whatever you want without having to worry about being groped. It’s nice to know that I have empowered other women.”
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