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Brawl On Atlanta Subway Leaves Transgender Woman Nude (Video)

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

Atlanta rapid transit officials are investigating after a shocking video surfaced of a brawl on a train that left one transgender woman naked.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority told WSBTV the fight took place at the Five Points MARTA station Tuesday.

Video of the fight shows two transgender women exchanging words with a group of men. A man runs up and kicks and punches one of the women and an huge brawl ensues.

No one called 911 during the 2-minute fight, although a woman in the background can be heard screaming, "There is a baby here! There is a baby here!"

MARTA officials say the men were yelling at the women as they approached the station and while they waited on the platform. They even took pictures of them.

“[They] just kept of asking us was we real,” said Janell Crosby. “Like really trying to get us. ‘Are you real?’ 'Are y’all this or that?’ Just trying to embarrass us.”

"They were trying to find out if we are men or women,” said Tyra Woods. “I shouldn’t have to disclose who I am to an innocent person who I’m not even interested in talking to.”

Crosby and Woods said no one offered them any help while they were being harassed.

“I really didn’t want to fight, but he just kicked me and tried to make a big scene,” said Crosby.

MARTA admitted it didn’t know about the incident until WSBTV reporter Ryan Young contacted them Friday. Now footage of Woods’ naked body is posted online and she wants to know what MARTA is doing about the leak.

“It’s all over the Internet and like, I’m naked,” said Woods. “I felt like since it was in a public transportation, we should’ve felt like we should’ve been secure.”

MARTA says it is actively looking for the men who started the fight.

“We will not tolerate this kind of behavior on MARTA,” spokesperson Lyle Harris told WSBTV. “We are now taking this under investigation. The MARTA Police Department is looking at what happened on that tape to see if we can determine who was involved and what happened and we will take every action.”

Sources: Atlanta Journal ConstitutionWSBTV