It was the epic uppercut seen, and heard, around the
world Internets. Misdemeanor criminal charges were filed today against the male bus driver, Artis Hughes, 59, that 2-pieced a female passenger, Shi'dea "It Hurted" Lane, 25, in Cleveland a month ago.
Hughes and Lane were charged with assault and disorderly conduct, respectively, reports The Smoking Gun. Although the incident occurred a month ago to the day (September 18th), the charges weren't filed until today in Shaker Heights Municipal Court, about week after footage of the altercation on the RTA bus went viral.
Witnesses told cops that Lane appeared “drunk” and became verbally abusive to Hughes after she failed to immediately pay her fare. Hughes told investigators that he “protected myself” after Lane "grabbed me in the throat and spit on me in the face."
Hughes remains suspended without pay from his RTA job, according to an agency spokesperson. He faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1000 fine if convicted of the assault count.
Lane's lesser charge carries a maximum of 30 days in custody and a $250 fine. In a Facebook posting earlier today, Lane (pictured above) wrote, “God iz an awesome god only god can judge me I love u mommys honey bun :-).”
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