A 19-year-old female student from New York University who was taped being set on fire by a friend may have acted as a willing participant in the stunt, according to the suspect’s attorney.
The unidentified woman was reportedly intoxicated on the night 20-year-old Jaime Castano allegedly set fire to her mattress and sang while filming the entire incident on his phone. He later reportedly posted the video clip on Snapchat.
But Castano’s lawyer argues that the woman may have agreed to participate in the dangerous stunt, reports the New York Daily News, but that, given her allegedly inebriated state, she probably doesn’t even remember approving of Castano’s actions.
“I do not think she knows what happened or her participation in this, nor do I think the People will be able to prove that she was not sort of participating in some of this activity,” Alyssa Gamliel told the judge.
The victim suffered from burn wounds to her torso, but Gamliel argues they became infected only because she failed to take care of them because of her “continued behavior of intoxication.”
Castano, meanwhile, faces charges of first-degree assault and could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. He also faces a reckless endangerment charge. The Florida native is reportedly free after bondsman Ira Judelson covered his $50,000 bond and is expected to appear back in court Friday. He has yet to be arraigned.
The victim is reportedly studying overseas.