NEW YORK -- The woman seen in cellphone video verbally and physically assaulting a transgender woman on the New York 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 told 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."
The subway assault video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times; Eldridge says 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," she said. "I've called police.”