The National Police arrested a man on Tuesday who assaulted his partner, a user of the TikTok social network, in the early hours of Saturday while she was intervening in a video connection. The 23-year-old woman was participating in a chat on this platform along with three other boys, one of whom is the influencer and actor Sergio Mengual. At one point in the conversation, insults began to be heard from the girl’s connection, and then it was seen how she received a smack from a person whose face cannot be seen. The assaulted first assured that he had been her father due to a misunderstanding, but shortly after she admitted that he had been her boyfriend, although in a “consensual” way to gain popularity. The attack quickly went viral on the web.
The young woman and her partner, both of Bulgarian origin, later broadcast another direct in which they declared that “everything was a show” orchestrated to monetize your presence on the social network and gain popularity. “We did it for money, for fame, for everything you want,” said the now detainee. His girlfriend maintained in said video that with the profits from that virality they were going to go “on vacation”. The author of this violent episode was arrested when he appeared before the Soriana police this Tuesday morning because “as a result of that video and because of the scope it was having, they were receiving a multitude of threats and insults”, the body of police reported. security in a statement. The police report remains in the hands of the family and women’s care unit and, after his efforts, the man has gone to court.
Investigators were already on the trail. The attack occurred when Mengual asked the person who was hurling insults from the girl’s room to show her face. The videos available on social networks such as Twitter show that, when the protagonists of the gathering say “Let him show up, let him show up!”, he responds: “Let him show up?”, and smacks the young woman. This generates a moment of general stupefaction from which the victim laughs at her while she raises her hand to her face. At that moment, she tries to justify, to the astonishment of the others tiktokers, that her father has misinterpreted the talk thinking that she was being unfaithful to her boyfriend, who was away. “Speechless, it’s not because of you, he was already angry with me because I answered some questions,” says the young woman, to the confusion of her interlocutors. The boys expressed their discomfort criticizing this violent attitude.
The video recorded later reveals the couple trying to explain and denying the version that it was their father. To questions from other TikTok users, both highlighted having had “the courage” to sit down and “tell the truth.” “I know that there are women like this, who suffer harassment and mistreatment and I do not accept it, I did it because it is my network, I can go up and do what I want,” argues the young woman. “If you don’t want to look, I don’t force you to be here, you have helped me grow, I am very well and I have never been mistreated, not everything on the internet is what it seems,” adds the victim.
Telephone 016 attends to victims of sexist violence, their families and those around them 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in 52 different languages. The number is not registered on the telephone bill, but the call must be deleted from the device. You can also contact via email [email protected] and by WhatsApp at number 600 000 016. Minors can contact the ANAR Foundation phone number 900 20 20 10. If it is an emergency situation, you can call 112 or the National Police (091) and the Civil Guard (062). And if you cannot call, you can use the ALERTCOPS application, from which an alert signal is sent to the Police with geolocation.
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