A transgender woman who claimed to have been escorted improperly from a women’s restroom in North Carolina appears to have fabricated the story, according to a local TV report.
Last week Alexis Adams, who appears to be and identifies as female, claimed to have been escorted out of a public bathroom in the Durham, North Carolina Transit Center after being “discovered” not to be a woman.
Adams claimed to have been “speechless” and “humiliated beyond belief” at being escorted from the women’s facility by Durham police.
But no official has substantiated the incident. Further, no surveillance video has been discovered showing the alleged event took place. In fact, surveillance video does not conform to Adams’ account of the events that day, according to a local ABC affiliate, ABC 11.
Also, Adams has been living as a woman for five years and does not look like a man.
Surveillance video only shows Adams entering the women’s washroom, and soon after being followed in by a facility custodian. Adams is next seen walking out of the bathroom alone.
Adams’ claim of unfair treatment was hailed as proof of the unfairness of the state’s new bathroom law prohibiting someone from entering a bathroom not designated for their sex.
North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, about a month ago. The law has drawn criticism from many, including business interests that have become the law’s chief foe.
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