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Two women arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting trans woman at bar

Two women arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting trans woman at bar

Amber Harrell and Jessica Fowler, arrested by authorities, for assaulting a trans woman

Two women in North Carolina have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a transgender woman at a bar.

The incident report indicates it happened on 10 December at Milk Bar in Raleigh. Police arrested Amber Harrell, 38, and Jessica Fowler, 31, in connection with the assault. They were charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery.

In the 911 call, the victim — unnamed — reported being harassed and assaulted in the bar bathroom.

She said Harrell and Fowler began making jokes about her genitalia. Then, according to ABC, she told the dispatcher: ‘She pulls her shirt up and says, ‘Do you want to see my b—s?’ and she pressed me up against the wall with her bare chest.’

The 911 call also revealed the bartender, upon seeing the victim was upset, asked the two women to stop.

‘She asked the girls two times to stop. The girl didn’t stop at first, so she forcefully had to tell the girl to stop — she was like groping my back, my stomach, it was uncomfortable,’ the victim explained.

Further, the victim said she suffered a panic attack in the bathroom following the incident.

Management responds

Bunch of Fives is the management company behind Milk Bar and other establishments in Raleigh.

They released a statement to CBS 17 about the incident:

Bunch of 5s handles all matters that threatens our patrons in a timely fashion to ensure their safety and ability to enjoy themselves at all of our locations. This matter was handled with cooperation and full transparency with the Raleigh Police Department and the detective that was assigned this case. Bunch of 5s and Milk Bar seek to continue to welcome all patrons into a safe environment.

We do not condone this type of behavior to any of our patrons or staff. We pride ourselves on having fun, diverse, and safe environments at all of our locations. It’s a shame that two women can do so much harm to a wonderful person. Once they came out of the restroom and it was made clear of what was happening, we immediately stepped in to stop the situation and make sure she was ok. We have supported her ever since she started coming here and will continue to welcome her at all of our locations.

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