Tensions boiled Saturday outside of a Los Angeles spa during a protest in response to the alleged exposure of a transgender woman’s penis at an all-women’s spa.
Hordes of people showed up outside of Wi Spa on Wilshire Boulevard to support a woman who had complained about the alleged exposure incident when they were met by Antifa counter-protesters supporting transgender rights. Protesters were seen assaulting an independent journalist who was hit in the head with what appears to be a pipe, video posted shows.
It was not immediately clear if the protesters were in support of or against transgender rights.
WATCH (assault occurs at 1:30):
The protests came after a video was posted to an Instagram account with the username Cubana Angel which shows the furious woman complaining to a spa staff member about the alleged exposure. “So, it’s OK for a man to go into the women’s section, show his penis around the other women, young little girls, underage, in your spa? Wi Spa condones that, is that what you’re saying?” the woman asks. The staff member’s response remains unclear as it is difficult to hear their response behind the Plexiglas at the counter. Fox News did report that the employee said the transgender customer was protected by California law.
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In the video, another customer can be heard trying to intervene and defend the transgender customer. “Are you talking about a transgender person?” one man asks. “There is no such thing as transgender,” the woman replies. “He has a d**k.” Anti-transgender protesters chanted “save our children,” while wearing shirts that read “f**k pedowood.”
Police later declared the demonstrations as an unlawful assembly and pushed counter-protesters back behind a garbage fire. One officer allegedly fired a less-lethal round at a counter-protester.