It took a Manhattan jury just under five hours Friday to convict the abusive jerk who forced the mother of his child out into the streets naked to shame her for texting other men.
Self-proclaimed “most famous cuckold” Jasson Melo was found guilty of coercion, assault, menacing, harassment and acting in a manner injurious to a child for the January 2016 incident. He was found not guilty of unlawful imprisonment and obstructing the woman’s airway.
Melo stared stone-faced from the defense table as the verdict was read. His face remained expressionless as he was cuffed following Judge Robert Mandelbaum’s order he be jailed.
The 26-year-old faces seven years behind bars when sentenced Jan. 3.
Defense attorney Theodore Herlich told jurors during closings Thursday that his client was merely suffering from a case of “penis envy” when he freaked out after finding a photo of another man’s member in his baby mama’s texts.
The woman, whose name is being withheld, told jurors the duo were broken up. Melo maintains they were together and that she agreed to go out into the street nude in an attempt to win back his affections.
Yet the 24-year-old testified she only went outside because the brute choked her and threatened to push her down the stairs and hit her with a heavy Buddha statue, leaving their 2.5-month-old baby girl alone on the bed. She said she had no clue Melo intended to film the degradation until she turned around and saw his phone raised as he taunted her for texting 17 men.
Jurors heard that Melo even tried to exploit the video after it went viral by selling merchandise bearing quotes of his pulled from the abusive, recorded diatribe.
“You wanna be a tot? Be a tot” read one T-shirt, selling for $20.
Melo –- who wore an expired United Nations badge for the majority of the five-day trial, even though he was fired from his job as a chef following his arrest — attempted to explain on the stand that “tot” was a complimentary reference to “potato tot,” and not Melo’s confused interpretation of the degrading acronym “THOT.” “THOT” is an abbreviation of “that hoe over there.”
The panel heard testimony that the arrogant abuser soon after appeared in a music video featuring a woman in a towel, and even recorded himself gleefully screaming in the street in Spanish that he was “Jasson the most famous cuckhold.”
That phrase later appeared on a T-shirt as well.
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