Two men have been charged with brutally beating a transgender woman in Washington until she vomited.
Adam Flippen and Marc Fessler were released on bond Wednesday following a brief court appearance, where they denied taunting the woman or hitting and kicking her multiple times, reported The Spokesman-Review.
The 45-year-old Flippen was charged with second-degree assault and malicious harassment, and the 43-year-old Fessler was charged with malicious harassment — a felony offense that covers attacks on a person due to their race, gender orientation, religion, and other characteristics.
The victim, Jacina Scamahorn, said the men began making derogatory statements about her Friday outside a Spokane bakery and bar.
Scamahorn told police she spat in Flippen’s face, and the pair followed her inside Boots Bakery and Lounge and attacked her.
“I have my voice and my spit,” she said. “I spat in his face instead of saying f*ck you.”
A bartender told police he tried to stop the attack but sought help from bouncers at another bar next door when the men threatened him.
The bartender and a customer said one of the men kicked Scamahorn in the face.
Witnesses said Scamahorn was vomiting and convulsing after the beating.
Both men said they believed Scamahorn was a man wearing a skirt, but they denied using derogatory names against her.
Flippen admitted to punching her once, but both men denied kicking her and said the transgender woman may have intentionally broken her own facial bones after they left.
Scamahorn said responding officers treated her with disrespect and referred to her as a man throughout their investigation.
One officer said Scamahorn appeared to be intoxicated, but witnesses disagreed, and she said fluid buildup in her throat after the beating made it difficult for her to talk and breathe.
She also said police would not allow the bartender to help her as she lay on the floor in her own blood and vomit.
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