ABC News just released shocking new security-camera video that shows Ray Rice and Janay Rice embracing and kissing after he knocked her unconscious.
The never-before-seen footage also shows an emotional Janay Palmer, unwilling to talk to him in front of hotel guest and employees.
Palmer is seen physically pushing Rice away from her when he approached her immediately after the incident. Palmer was then protected by hotel security guards as Rice attempted to move closer.
The video then shows Palmer going through something of an emotional evolution in the middle of the night. Almost immediately after the assault, she appears angry. Soon after, Palmer begins to cry. And by the time she and Rice are both escorted into an elevator — handcuffed — she appears to kiss and nuzzle the one-time NFL star.
Both Rice and Palmer were arrested that night and charged with one count of assault each. Janay’s charges were dropped, while Ray went on to plead no contest. The ugly video will no doubt rehash a lot of the wounds from the awful night.
Rice went to court to stop ABC News from obtaining the recording, but eventually lost.
Rice went to court to stop ABC News from obtaining the recording, but lost. Rice’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, was disappointed that the new video was made public.
“This is a time of healing and he, quite naturally, doesn’t want another media showing of what must have been the worst event of his life,” Ginsberg said in an interview today. “What the media ought to be focusing on is the issue of domestic violence and why the NFL never did anything to construct a personal conduct program that works and why the NFL ignored the issue of domestic violence. Showing yet another Ray Rice video is simply a distraction.”