Laverne Cox reveals the horrific news that she and a friend were attacked by a man Sunday at Griffith Park in Los Angeles.
Later that night, the “Orange Is the New Black” alum safely returned home and opened up about the event in a candid video on Instagram Live.
In the clip, the actress says she and a friend — who Cox says has other transgender friends and has dated transgender individuals — went on a “socially distanced” walk when they passed by a man.
“We pass this guy, and the guy very aggressively asks for the time,” she said, adding that the unnamed man then asked her friend, “Guy or girl?”
After the friend responds, “---- off,” Cox walks ahead, and “in a split second… the guy is attacking my friend and I look back and I’m like, ‘What is happening?’”
Though Cox attempts to call 911, the man quickly leaves the scene.
While Cox assures fans that she is “safe, my friend is fine,” she admits that she is “in shock” and “triggered.”
“It’s not safe in the world and I don’t like to think about that a lot, but it is the truth. It’s the truth and it’s not safe if you’re a trans person, obviously. I know this well,” she added.
While Cox’s friend believes the man wanted her to answer his question about the time ”so he could spook whether I’m trans or not,” she does not “know why it matters. At the end of the day, it’s like, who cares?”
Though the 48-year-old admits she began blaming herself and thought of things she could have done differently, she believes the man was “probably maybe not mentally stable.”
“I think it’s important to remind myself and remind you when these things happen it’s not your fault,” she said. “It’s not your fault that there are people who are not cool with you existing in the world… We have a right to walk in the park.”
After Cox’s video went viral, a number of her friends wrote supportive messages in the comments section.
“I HATE you and your friend were subjected to this violence. You deserve BETTER,” said Robin Thede.
“I’m so so sorry,” commented Tess Holliday.
Cox is set to appear in the upcoming Netflix miniseries “Inventing Anna,” about fake German heiress Anna Delvey.