Arrest Made in Assault of “a male performer who was dressed as a woman” inside Manny and Olga’s at 14th and T St, NW

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From MPD:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department have announced an arrest has been made in an assault that occurred in the 1800 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Sunday, June 23, 2013, at approximately 3:15 am, a male performer who was dressed as a woman was assaulted by two women while inside of an establishment in the 1800 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Tuesday, July 2, 2013, one of the women, 28 year-old Raymone Harding of Gaithersburg, MD, was arrested and charged with Simple Assault. The case remains under investigation.

There is brutal video from a questionable website on youtube here.

A fundraising site has been set up for the victim here.

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  • If this isn’t evidence of a hate crime, I don’t know what is. This drag queen was attacked, the perpetrators deserve more than a token sentence. As gross as Worldstar is, I’m sure it’s led to a lot of prosecutions.

    • well, the drag queen referred to the two women as n***ers on his twitter feed. posted here, the two women were minorities too. i am not up to date on the special snowflake olympics, but everyone involved was a “minority”. the drag queen, who is still a man, still fought against two women. anyone involved could have just walked away. they are all to blame.

  • This is why, as a tran woman, I’m afraid to go out in DC alone most nights (and some days as well).

  • What bothers me almost as much as the attack are the bystanders who do nothing about it.

    If it was a huge guy beating up someone then maybe I could understand the reluctance for someone to step in for fear of themselves ending up in the hospital.

    But not to sound sexist, it’s 2 women attacking another person. How hard is it to break up that fight? I wish DC had more of a community feel to it where we all could view each other as neighbors. Call me a dreamer…but I’m not the only one.

    • Yep you’re a dreamer. This is ghetto culture at it’s best/worst. The whole website celebrates it.

    • Did you see that one chick? She was a hoss. I would NOT want to get in the middle of that.

      • Stand tall, boy. Have some respect for yourself. Don’t you know, if you let people walk over you now, they’ll be walking over you for the rest of your life. Look at me. You think I’m gonna spend the rest of my life in this slop house?

        No, sir! I’m gonna make something of myself. I’m going to night school, and one day, I’m gonna be somebody!

  • The real criminal was the instigator behind the camera, you can see his face a few times in the video. He is no bystander, surely he could be categorized as accessory to a battery. I don’t know what the back story is, but the criminal was the videographer.

  • Hugely upsetting and the women who assaulted the drag queen (and the men who egged them on and filmed) were simply awful and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. I was, however, really disappointed to hear him yell at the women, after they made him bleed, that he was HIV-positive and that they now “had AIDS”. He also called them “n*ggers” and “nappy” on his Twitter after the event occurred. Awful all around.

  • these girls are stupid… they attacked her on camera and didn’t care that it was clear evidence. The cops should thank the obnoxious dude filming on his phone. I weep for the future.

  • yeah, that guy was just annoying as heck.

    I couldn’t figure out what this got started over, but the story on the fundraising site doesn’t quite add up…not defending the girls who started it with this trans person, but s/he shure didn’t help things by spitting in the face of the woman who went nuts, and further, despite what the victim said, s/he (he identifies as a man in the fundraising blurb) clearly tried to land several punches.

  • If I was there I think I would have wanted to beat up the guy incessantly yelling “worldstar”.

  • I’m really glad I saw this video. It made my day. Just lovely. Ain’t life grand?

    • I was thinking the same thing. Spice of life. We all die, some just travel a bit more colorful road to it. Kafka would be proud.

  • this makes me sick. a bunch of animals in this video. all of them. the ones who did nothing, the ones who recorded and the ones who participated.

    there is something wrong with this culture.

  • strangely this is not the worst thing to happen at a Manny and Olgas

  • “Feeling threatened, he said he spit at one of the women — an action that prompted them to throw punches.”

    I dont think people should be discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality/gender identity – but had this not been escalated at the time by Heidi, the fight may not have ever happened.

    • This.

      I wouldn’t jump to the conclusion this was a hate crime. It appears the drag queen got roughed up NOT because he was in drag, but because he spit on the girls. Didn’t your momma teach you not to spit?

      It amazing me a fundraising page was set up to pay for his legal defense for a crime he admits to committing. What amazes me more is that people are donating to it.

    • Spitting on someone in the middle of a heated argument almost *always* escalates the situation. I would wager that this whole situation would have stayed verbal.

      Since spitting on someone is assault, he definitely should have been arrested as well.

      Yelling “you’ve got AIDS now” is certainly no way to de-escalate the conflict. Everyone involved should have gone to jail.

    • EXACTLY. I was raised not to spit…EVER. It disgusts me to see people do it all the time in DC.

      Spitting is a degrading act worse than a punch. It is guaranteed to get your ass beat.

  • This makes me sick…

  • “questionable website” — haha. My laugh for the day. WSHH is quite well know in some circles.

  • not going to win a lot of sympathy on either side.

  • Sorry, but those queens are shitty for not backing their girl up.

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