The NYPD rookie caught on tape offering her lieutenant a bawdy lap dance at their precinct holiday break get together apologized to her boss and his spouse — as she insisted that the movie wouldn’t have gone viral “had it been a gentleman performing it.”
“I sense like just due to the fact, generally — I’m a feminine, dressed the way I was, currently being a rookie ‚— things were being different,” Vera Mekuli told TMZ. “Had it been a man undertaking it, I sense like it would have been much more of a joking issue and it would have stayed in-house as opposed to go public the way it did with me.”
Mekuli, 26, “had no knowledge” her outstanding was married and is “truly sorry” for the repercussions of the lap dance, which prompted police brass to reassign 44th Precinct Lt. Nick McGarry to subway patrol, she stated.
“I do want to apologize to the lieutenant’s spouse. You know, I am sorry, definitely I am and I seriously hope it didn’t trigger much too considerably harm in the marriage or in your private life,” she explained. “I know it’s been rough. I’ve been looking at the content articles and I’ve been seeing images of new fellas all over the newspapers as nicely as mine. It was not intended to be like this. I seriously experienced no awareness of your relationship.”
McGarry’s spouse Melissa McGarry went berserk on a reporter on Monday and experienced to be restrained by her spouse when requested about The Post’s front-page story on the wild movie of the rookie cop grinding in his lap.
No official disciplinary action was taken versus Mekuli, a Bronx native who begun with the NYPD in February. Mekuli said she feels regret around the influence on McGarry’s occupation.
“It was intended to be for pleasurable, sh— and giggles,” she claimed. “I come to feel like I have absolutely ruined, I guess, his photograph as a lieutenant, as a manager. I know it doesn’t search great on him at all. But I do apologize.”
She told TMZ she is “the lifestyle of the get together when it will come down to it,” and late into her precinct’s getaway social gathering was “dared” by her coworkers to give a lap dance. She then “grabbed the lieutenant, sat him down” and “did the lap dance,” she recalled.
Mekuli reported her bosses at the precinct “feel bad” about the incident and permitted her to work from property this 7 days.
“I would appreciate to go back. It is difficult. I feel like there is just judgment and disgrace that shouldn’t be there,” she reported by means of tears. “I truly feel like I should not be judged, or just about anything of that sort due to the fact of the lap dance that I did when I was off obligation not in uniform.”