Police: 2 Assault Transgender Woman In North Carolina Bathroom

Police: 2 Assault Transgender Woman In North Carolina Bathroom

11:25am Jan 09, 2019
These December 2018 photos released by the Raleigh Police Department show booking photos of Amber Harrell (left) and Jessica Fowler. The women are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. (Raleigh Police Department via AP)

Police in North Carolina say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a Raleigh bar. 

Thirty-eight-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.

A transgender woman who has not been named told Raleigh police she was inside the bar's bathroom in December when Harrell and Fowler started verbally abusing her, exposed themselves, and started touching her.

The woman says Harrell and Fowler continued to assault her outside the bathroom and ignored her and the bartender's orders to stop.

The two accused women were released on bond.

Public bathrooms have been a flashpoint in North Carolina since Republican lawmakers in 2016 required transgender people to use rooms matching their birth certificates. The requirement was rescinded last year.

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