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MMA star Joyce Vieira punched man committing lewd act during photoshoot

MMA fighter Joyce Vieira took matters into her own hands after spotting a man committing a lewd act during her recent photoshoot in Rio de Janeiro.

Vieira, 27, was doing a swimwear shoot when she noticed a man who appeared to be masturbating nearby. She confronted the man, later identified as Josenei Viana Ferreira, 26, and when he refused to explain himself, Vieira proceeded to punch him repeatedly.

“When I looked over there he had his shorts down and was standing on a path where people pass all the time, including children,” Vieira said, via the Daily Mail, adding the man was “making sounds and moaning.”

Vieira not surprisingly has been left shaken and concerned over the incident.

“We feel powerless,” Vieira said. “It’s very strange because he’s going to be in the same city as me, and who knows he might be in the same places.

“That’s why I have received an innumerable number of messages from women saying that [in similar situations] they didn’t file a report, because they know the suspects would end up being released. I think the punishment for these cases should be more severe.”

Ferreira was arrested for committing an “obscene act.” Civil Police later indicated he claimed to be “urinating” before Vieira confronted him. Ferreira has since been released after denying he committed any crime.