This week security footage of a woman falling in a fountain while texting went viral on YouTube, amassing over 2.5 million views so far. Yesterday the woman, Cathy A. Cruz Marrero, appeared Good Morning America and CNN to talk about the anguish that the viral video has caused her and start rumors that she may be suing the mall where the security footage was taken. Now new information has surfaced. It looks like Marrero isn’t a stranger to going to court, but usually she’s the defendant rather than the plaintiff. The Reading Eagle reports that Marrero has faced all sorts of charges from theft to a hit-and-run.
According to the Eagle, “Cathy A. Cruz Marrero, 49, was charged in October 2009 for using a co-worker’s credit cards to make more than $5,000 in purchases at two local stores.” $1,055 of those purchases have been dismissed, but Marrero returned to court yesterday.
If you haven’t seen the viral video yet you can check it out below, as well as her interview on CNN. Click here to see her interview with her lawyer on Good Morning America.
Marrero’s lawyer, James M. Polyak, said that “Her prior personal affairs have nothing to do with what happened to her at the Berkshire Mall and the video that has been posted.” I completely agree with Polyak. However, I think that the fact that Marrero is currently involved in another legal battle and has been talking to her lawyer about the viral video situation raises suspicions that she may just be out to get money in this case, rather than prove any sort of point as a result of the embarrassment that she was caused. After all, she was not recognizable in the original video except to maybe a few people and now she’s shown her face to the world, given everyone her name, and even let personal details about her shady past (theft and hit-and-runs) leak out.
No official lawsuit has been filed yet. Polyak says, “What we want is an apology. We also want to know what happened, how it happened and who is responsible – and then we’ll go from there.” Whether or not Marrero will sue in the end, I’m sure she will get some monetary benefit out of the situation, if she hasn’t already from her television appearances. I have a good feeling that she’s taken the hint from stories like Antoine Dodson’s and Ted Williams’ and is trying to milk this thing for all its worth. After all, if she really was so embarrassed, why didn’t she have the YouTube video taken down?
What’s your take on the girl who fell in the fountain while texting?