New video shows emotional moments following Ray Rice’s arrest
Ray Rice and Janay Parker are crying, kissing and in handcuffs in a new video showing the moments following the alleged assault.
New security footage showing the immediate aftermath of the Ray Rice assault incident has been released. The footage, obtained by ABC News despite an attempted legal injunction by Rice, shows a sequence of events beginning with police questioning the former NFL star and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, and ending with a kiss as they’re led in handcuffs to police vehicles.
The video picks up right after Palmer was knocked unconscious by Rice in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15. Concerned hotel staffers escort a visibly distraught Palmer into the lobby, where she is separated from Rice. As Palmer sobs, Rice sits in a chair on the other side of the room being questioned first by casino security then by police.
Hotel staffers appear to administer first aid to Palmer and at one point a wheel chair is rolled in for her, though she eventually walks out of the lobby under her own power.
Police then place both Rice and Palmer in handcuffs and lead them out of the lobby. Both were arrested and originally charged with one count of assault each. Palmer’s charge was later dropped, while Rice’s was upgraded to aggravated assault.
The most intriguing portion of the video comes as the couple, handcuffed and surrounded by police, rides the casino elevator on their way out. In the back of the elevator, a still crying Palmer leans into Rice, nuzzling and kissing him before being escorted out to waiting police vehicles.
Rice’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, criticized the public release of the video.
“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.”