Tense protests erupted Saturday outside a California spa where a transgender woman allegedly exposed herself to children, teens, and adults in the women’s area. It happened in Downtown Los Angeles outside Wi Spa on Wilshire Boulevard.
Groups supported the woman who complained about the incident – but videos from FOX Los Angeles and others shared onshowed that people from both sides of the transgender rights movement clashed at the scene.
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Another video shows a mob of, some wearing flak vests bearing the word “PRESS,” mocking and chasing a man down the street. He is punched from behind at least once, and subsequent photos show blood running down his face and chest. He can be seen wearing a T-shirt that reads “Obey Jesus.”
The camera pans around and shows the dark-clad group engaging in physical contact with at least two other men on the sidewalk. A dumpster had been dragged into the middle of the street, with its contents burning. When officers arrived, wearing helmets and carrying batons, the smoke could be seen billowing behind them as they tried to restore order.
Some street brawlings occurred in the middle of traffic as drivers blared their horns and tried to avoid the chaos. The LAPD confirmed officers were on the scene and had taken control of theor injuries.
Bystanders tried to break up some of the fighting, videos show, but violence erupted repeatedly. The dueling demonstrations came in response to complaints about the spa’s transgender policy after a customer accused a transgender woman of exposing her genitals “right in front of young girls, teens, and grown women” in a profanity-lacedposted to Instagram.
It’s difficult to make out the clerk’s response behind a Plexiglas shield and coronavirus, but the transgender customer is protected by California law. Another customer can be heard demanding a refund and telling a different clerk she won’t return . Other customers attempted to intervene in the argument, and one bystander approached the woman taking the video. “Are you talking about a transgender person?” he asks.
“There is no such thing as transgender,” she replies. “He has a d—.” “You’re being a d—,” the man replies. In a statement, Wi Spa noted California’s anti-discrimination law protects transgender individuals but said it hadfor “lewd conduct” by customers.
“As a spa located in Los Angeles, Wi Spa complies with California law prohibiting discrimination by a business, including the Civil Code provision set forth above,” the statement reads. “Like many other metropolitan areas, Los Angeles contains a transgender population, some of whom enjoy visiting a spa. Wi Spa strives to meet all its customers’ needs and safety. It does not tolerate harassment or lewd conduct by any customer, regardless of sex, gender, or another characteristic.”
The Korean spa, which charges $25 to get inside, has been a hotspot for celebrities ranging from John Travolta and Johnny Depp to Demo Lovato. Late-night host Conan O’Brien and actor Steven Yeun once filmed a skit in one of the spa’s. The allegations of indecent exposure prompted condemnations from the LGBTQ community.