The American waitress who slammed a man to the floor after he groped her behind has spoken out about her ordeal.
21-year-old Emelia Holden was just trying to go about her business as a waitress at Vinnie Van Go Go's restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, when a man grabbed her behind. She turned around to confront the man, got him into a head lock and them body-slammed him to the wall and into a serving trolley.
The alleged groper has been named as Ryan Cherwinski, who was arrested the next day by local police and passed into the custody of Chatham County Sheriff's Department. He was reportedly dining at the restaurant alongside his partner of 11 years and their two infant daughters.
Cherwinski spent two nights in jail before being released on bail with charges of sexual battery.
Now, Holden has spoken about the incident to Inside Edition. Holden said: "I honestly didn't even give it much thought.
"I just did it. I didn't even know I could do that. I don't care who you are. You have no right to disrespect me.
"I didn't even realise that I took him down the way I did until I saw the video afterwards."
As well as taking the creep down, she also gave him a verbal beating in front of everyone in the restaurant at the time, and asked her co-worker to call the police. She did, and that's why the man was eventually arrested.
Holden continued: "To see them put him in handcuffs, it was nice."
Ryan Cherwinski. Credit: Chatham County Sheriff's Department
I'll bet it was. Perhaps someone else might think twice before they try on something like this in future, as well.
In a separate interview, Holden told the Daily Mail: "I just did what I felt was best. I took the guy down and had my co-workers call the police.
"As soon as the cops saw the CCTV footage, they immediately arrested the man. He sat in jail until Monday so in my opinion, he got what he deserved.
Credit: Inside Edition
"All that I want from my experiences is for women to know that it's okay to stand up for yourself.
"You have every right to wear what you want and you most certainly have every right to defend yourself."
She then posted on Facebook after the event: "What's done is done, he got what he deserved and I'm just trying to live my life."
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