Brooklyn actor and hip-hop artist Moise Morancy saved a girl from an alleged sexual assault while riding a bus in Queens on Tuesday.
Morancy posted a video recorded by another passenger on a Q53 bus to social media that shows the 21-year-old rapper restraining the alleged assailant before police arrived at the scene.
“Don’t you ever do that s–t again, you hear me?” Morancy said in the video.
“He was touching a little girl, and then I defended her,” Morancy told cops in the video.
Police handcuffed both Morancy and the girl’s alleged assaulter, Pablo Levano, 36, before releasing Morancy from his handcuffs.
“I was really just defending that 15-year-old girl. He was touching her leg. He lunged at me and said he wanted to hurt me,” Morancy can be heard saying in the video.
Morancy said he was returning from finalizing his debut mixtape, called “Chronicles of a Ghetto Rose” when the assault took place.
“I’m sitting at the back of the bus when this drunk guy gets on, saying all types of sexual s–t to this little girl sitting next to me,” Morancy wrote on his Facebook page.
“At first he started caressing her hand and I saw how uncomfortable it made her…so she let go and put her hands in her pocket. He then proceeded to forcibly do it again.”
Morancy told TOT News that Levano then began caressing the girl’s leg.
He intervened, and Morancy said Levano threatened to kill him.
Morancy said he gave the man “a couple combos to the face, knees to the nose and elbows to his neck” in self-defense.
Morancy said he held the man to the ground for 20 minutes, while another passenger called 911. Initially, cops treated Morancy like a suspect.
“They started to detain me, and I was confused. I felt criminalized,” Morancy said.
“He was black, and he told me I was a hero, which I was surprised to hear,” Morancy said. “It gave me a different perspective on the NYPD because I have had prior run-ins with the police because I have been racially profiled.”
Morancy wrote a new song on Saturday describing the incident, and dedicated it to the young girl.
The video, showing part of the incident, has been viewed more than 1 million times on Facebook.
Morancy, whose acting credits include Showtime’s “The Affair” and NBC’s “Law & Order,” said he hopes the girl is doing OK. He also hopes that his newfound fame will benefit his career.
“Hopefully people will see something in me and they will give me a shot,” he said. “God willing, something will come out of this.”