RuPaul’s drag race UNITED KINGDOM Winner The Vivienne has revealed details of an allegedly violent ordeal that took place on Friday, June 16, which culminated in her assault.
La Vivienne took to social media to share news of her experience, which allegedly took place during the day while waiting to pick up food from a McDonald’s.
“I was just attacked at McDonald’s, the police are on the way”, the drag superstar tweeted.
“Homophobia alive and well guys! This is the first time I’ve ever fought back in a fight because I’m not gonna punch somebody in front of kids and women. #piece of shit.”
Detective Inspector Alan Nuttall confirmed the arrest of a male suspect to ITV, saying: “Investigations are in the very early stages. This was a shocking attack which happened in broad daylight in what would have been a busy place.
“There is no place for hate crime in our city and Merseyside Police have a zero tolerance approach to such incidents. I would ask anyone with information about this incident to contact us directly or through Crimestoppers.
“Merseyside Police are committed to tackling hate crime in our communities. We encourage all victims of hate crime to come forward as we have dedicated victim protection officers and staff who will ensure that you are supported every step of the way with the utmost sensitivity.”
In a series of tweets, the reality TV star updated fans on the alleged situation and praised the staff at this branch, in writing: “Many thanks to the fantastic staff at @McDonaldsUK Edge Lane who acted quickly and got the idiot out of the premises and did everything in their power to make sure I was okay and waited for the police with me.”
ice dancing The contestant added: “He has been arrested and in custody.”
Commenting on the suspect, La Vivienne continued“As a result, it’s so important that as a community we report and take action on hate crimes. If not, it just keeps happening. It’s time to lead by example!”
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She shared her concerns for others who might fall victim to a similar attack and commented, “I’m a badass, I’m about my day, punch in the face or not.
“Not everyone is as big/strong/tall as me. I fear for others who are not able to handle themselves and shouldn’t have to.”
La Vivienne was the first drag queen to win the UK spin-off, taking the crown in 2019.
She also last appeared in the seventh season of All of RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars Last year.
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Jamie Body is a freelance journalist at Digital Spy.