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Trans woman ‘touched and punched drag queen in pub’

- Bron­wen WEATHERBY bron­wen.weatherby@reach­plc.com Crime · Viral · Sexual Abuse · Incidents · Violence and Abuse · Society · Iceland · Bristol · Austria · Tonga · Belgium

ATRANSGEND­ER woman is ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and beat­ing a drag queen on a night out in Bris­tol.

Jayde Clowt­ing is on trial at Bris­tol Crown Court for “ca­ress­ing the bum” of a young drag queen in the Queen­shilling pub in the city cen­tre.

Clowt­ing is also on trial for com­mon as­sault as, shortly after the al­leged touch­ing, a fight broke out on the bar’s dance­floor dur­ing which Clout­ing is said to have thrown punches at the vic­tim, rip­ping out his nose stud and leav­ing him with scratches on his face.

Clowt­ing, de­fended by Sarah Regan, de­nies all the charges and has pleaded not guilty.

The court heard how on the night of De­cem­ber 15, 2018, the vic­tim who was dressed in drag along with his boyfriend made their way to the club for around 11pm.

Just be­fore mid­night, the vic­tim said he emerged from the men’s toi­lets and felt the de­fen­dant touch him on the bot­tom.

The vic­tim asked why she had touched him, to which she replied:

“Why can’t I touch you?”

The cou­ple joined their friends on the dance­floor but, the vic­tim said he soon be­came aware of Clout­ing star­ing at him.

He made to go out­side and was stopped by Clowt­ing’s friend Lana Stancer, a fellow trans­gen­der woman, when she said: “We’re sup­posed to be sis­ters, we’re sup­posed to stick to­gether.”

The vic­tim’s boyfriend in­ter­vened and Stancer palmed him in the face, knock­ing him over.

Stancer, also known as LJ, has al­ready been found guilty in a pre­vi­ous trial of as­sault­ing the vic­tim’s boyfriend and friend.

A “catty” fight broke out and the vic­tim said all he could re­mem­ber was be­ing knocked to the ground and feel­ing the de­fen­dant on top of him. CCTV footage played to the jury shows the brawl fol­lowed by Clowt­ing and Stancer get­ting ejected from the club.

The vic­tim’s boyfriend was said to be in­side on the dance­floor with an in­jured shoul­der.

The vic­tim de­scribed the ef­fect the as­saults have had on him as “very up­set­ting”.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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