A horrific video has gone viral of the moment a ‘misogynist’ prosecutor was filmed beating a female colleague as others tried to arrest him.
The guy, who was named by Brazilian media as Demetrius Oliveira Macedo, 34, was seen repeatedly kicking and punching a woman as she cowered in a corner.
Another woman tried to pull him away as he started spitting on her and a fourth colleague managed to drag her away.
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The assailant then threw the woman holding him against a wall before returning to his original victim.
He was arrested and later released by civilian police after admitting the assault, but claimed he did so because he was being bullied at work – but an investigation is ongoing.
Fernando Carvalho Gregório, of the 1st Registration Police District, said: “He admitted to assaulting the victim and claimed he did it because he was morally harassed.
“The fact is also analyzed by the public prosecutor (MP) and justice (PJ). At the end of all the work, we will have a conclusion of the investigations in a case, and a possible conviction.”
However, the victim Gabriela Samadello Monteiro de Barros told g1 that she feared her colleague and felt “disrespected as a woman”.
She said: “My dignity was exposed. As a woman, I was disrespected and also as a public servant. In short, it was an overall disrespect towards my personality as a woman.
“I was scared, yes. I was scared it would happen, but I didn’t imagine it would be physical violence, I thought it was an argument.”
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Video footage also sparked outrage on Twitter as journalist Maria Teresa Cruz called the guy a “coward” and a “misogynist” when she shared a clip of the incident.
Captioning the video, which received over 121,000 likes and 40,000 retweets, she wrote: “Cowardice never ends. Are we going to make the hunk famous?
“The ‘bull’ Demétrius Oliveira Macedo, 34, working at the Registro/SP, assaulting his colleague, also a prosecutor. For me, in addition to misogyny and machismo, it is a portrait of dehumanization.”