Laverne Cox has taken to social media, sharing a alarming account of violence that she and her friend experienced in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park. The “Orange Is the New Black” star and LGBTQ advocate claims that she and her friend were the victims of a transphobic attack. Sharing the detailed account on social media, she says that she went for a socially distanced walk with a friend and were approached by a man who aggressively asked them for the time.
“The friend that I’m with looks at his watch and tells him the time, and then the guy who asked for the time says to my friend: ‘Guy or girl?'” Cox said. “My friend says, ‘F— off.'”
She then says that the man proceeded to attack her friend, hitting him several times.
“I look back and I’m like ‘What is happening?’ The guy is like hitting my friend, and then my friend is going toward him and I’m like ‘Holy s—!'” Cox said. “I pull out my phone and I call to dial 911, and all of a sudden it’s over and the guy is gone.”
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Cox was shaken by the incident, telling her followers:
“It’s not safe in the world. And I don’t like to think about that a lot, but it’s the truth. It’s the truth and it’s not safe if you’re a trans person. Obviously, I know this well. It’s just really sad. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can be Laverne Cox, you know, or whatever that means. If you’re trans … you’re going to experience stuff like this.”
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