New video shows Ray Rice and Janay Palmer kissing and cuddling in handcuffs
Newly released surveillance video captures Ray Rice appearing to be kissed and cuddled by his then-fiancée shortly after socking her to the ground — as if the first video wasn’t shocking enough.
Video obtained by ABC Friday shows Janay Palmer sobbing while being treated inside an Atlantic City casino’s lobby on Feb. 15 while the then-Baltimore Ravens running back is kept at a cautionary distance.
The couple is only joined once more after being placed in handcuffs, both for charges of assault, and led into a nearby elevator where their violent explosion first began.
Once inside they’re seen cuddling in the back, hands cuffed behind them, before Palmer appears to sweetly kiss her brute fiancé’s face and neck.
The stunning 45-minute video comes after Rice was filmed first knocking out Palmer in the Revel Hotel Casino’s elevator and then dragging her crumpled body out the door during a spat.
The NFL claimed that they never saw the violent footage until it was leaked to the media. They then suspended him indefinitely, a decision that was later overturned.
Release of this new video, almost exactly 10 months after it was filmed, reportedly came not without a fight by Rice’s attorneys who argued that it unnecessarily opens old wounds.
“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,” Rice’s Attorney Peter Ginsberg told ABC.
“What the media ought to be focusing on is the issue of domestic violence,” he added.
Days after the assault was filmed the couple, who have a child together, married.
Approximately three months later he pleaded not guilty to an upgraded aggravated assault charge and publicly apologized for his actions, saying he “failed miserably.”
“One thing I do know is that I’m working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model,” he said.
Palmer’s assault charge was dropped.