Video of the attack on a Bronx subway car was distributed online. It showed a tall man in glasses, a dark jacket, and a knit cap that the woman violently kicked while she was on a train. Spectators recording a video of the attack shouted "ooohh, ahhhh, naahh" when the man hit the woman, but they did not intervene to stop him. It is not clear what happened before the attack or whether the two know each other.
After the attack, the woman seemed to wipe away tears as she quietly sat in a corner and cell phone cameras pointed at her.
When the man passed by bystanders and got off the train, he shouted "WorldStar that!" a reference to a popular website that publishes, among other things, videos of people involved in disputes.
The attack took place on March 1
She was treated and released from the hospital, receiving the care, advocacy and support she needs, said New York City Police Chief Dermot F. Shea.