NEW YORK CITY - The woman seen in cell phone video verbally and physically assaulting a transgender woman on the New York City subway is telling her side of the story, saying “Don’t judge me unless you know me.”
Sarah Eldridge and Pearl Love crossed paths on a No. 4 train on April 28. Eldridge used homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs during their encounter.
Love recorded the interaction and placed the video on Facebook.
“When I stepped on the train, I sat down and I had an attitude because I was robbed earlier that week in the Bronx,” Eldridge explained to PIX 11 in an exclusive interview.
Eldridge admits she was wrong for becoming loud and aggressive, however, “I meant what I said. That person offended me in a way because she was to me, explicit.”
“I couldn’t stand it,” Eldridge said.
The subway assault video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times; Eldridge says now she feels like a victim. “I've received death threats on Facebook, by several people, saying that they want to find me. They want to kill me and I have deactivated my Facebook. I've called police.”