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A WOMAN was punched in the face when she asked a passenger to stop "manspreading" on New York subway - and claims cops weren't interested.
Sam Saia said she was on the train to work in Manhattan on Thursday when a man sat next to her and took up room, pushing her against the wall, The Sun reported.
When she asked him to give her some space, he turned violent, lashed out and punched her in the face.
Writing on Facebook, Ms Saia said: "He proceeded to press me against the wall and manspread me excessively.
"When I asked him to give me room, he yelled 'B**ch, you ain't nothing! I've raped white b**ches like you, f***ing c**t! You ain't nothing, you f***ing b**ch!'"
She put her earphones in and tried to ignore the man, but then he punched her in the mouth and pushed her head into the wall behind her.
A man ran to her defence and told him to "get the f**k off the train".
The attacker tried to apologise to the woman before exiting the train.
In her Facebook post, Ms Saia said she reported the incident to police but the NYPD had given her the run-around.
She claims cops rebuffed her when she tried to report the crime.
She says she tried to report the incident at the station near her work, but officers told her she would have to go back to Brooklyn, where the incident happened, and report it there.
But when Ms Saia tried calling there, a female officer told her not to bother coming down - and that she could file a report at any precinct.
After tweeting her annoyance at not being able to file a police report, an NYPD commanding officer Deputy Inspector Nicole Papamichael reached out, writing: "Sorry to hear about your bad experience."
She asked her to call the station again so they could "make things right".
NYPD Transit Chief Joseph Fox also reached out, writing: "Sam, I want to investigate this incident."
Speaking about the incident to Daily News, Ms Saia: "This took me by surprise. It's just a matter of safety. I want my neighbourhood to be safe. I don't want this to happen to other women or men."
This story originally appeared in The Sun.