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Police: Two Women Assault Transgender Woman In Bathroom

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Raleigh police say two women sexually assaulted a transgender woman at a bar in December.

News outlets report 38-year-old Amber Harrell and 31-year-old Jessica Fowler are charged with second-degree kidnapping and sexual battery. Both were released on a $50,000 and a $30,000 bond respectively.

The woman told Raleigh police that she was inside the bar's bathroom when Harrell and Fowler started verbally abusing her, exposed themselves and started touching her.

The woman says Harrell and Fowler continued to assault her outside the bathroom and ignored her and the bartender's orders to stop.

It's unclear if Harrell and Fowler have lawyers.

Public bathrooms have been a flashpoint in North Carolina since Republican lawmakers in 2016 required transgender people to use rooms matching their birth certificates. The requirement was rescinded last year.