Last Monday at approximately 2:15am, YouTube personality Eden Estrada (Eden The Doll) and her two friends, Joslyn Flawless and Jaslene Whiterose, were assaulted on the streets of Hollywood while waiting for an Uber. The women were all robbed of their purses, jewelry, and shoes, and were also repeatedly beaten and threatened. Meanwhile, bystanders yelled slurs aimed towards transgender individuals and police seemed to ignore the scene. You can read my full article about the incident here.
Thankfully, all three women are now doing fine, though they’re very shaken by the affair. Eden referred to it as “the worst day of her life” on Instagram. She also expressed the importance of finding the attackers. “I know that I’m so privileged, because I am a YouTuber and because people know who I am, but this happens all the time to women like me who aren’t on social media,” she said. “We need this to stop.”
Thankfully, authorities seem to be taking the incident very seriously.
“At a time when transgender women of color, and especially Black transgender women, are being violently assaulted, and in many instances murdered, at vastly disproportionate rates, this decision cannot stand without further explanation. We demand a full accounting for the process and we will continue to raise our voices of protest until our questions are answered.”Terra Russell-Slavin, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s director of policy and community building
Since the incident, several men have been arrested. The first is 29-year-old Carlton Callway, football player of the Cerritos College varsity team. Callway was arrested last Thursday and was recently released on Tuesday at 2:20pm with a bail of 175K. Willie Walker, a 42-year-old homeless man, was also arrested on Wednesday, but was released later on the same day without bail. A third man named Davion Williams is still wanted as of August 25th at 10pm. No updates on his whereabouts have been announced since then. A man name Steven Hurtado who posted videos of the attack to his Instagram is still being investigated, alongside a number of his friends who were present at the time.
According to Greg Risley of the District Attorney’s Office, the men have all been released because the case requires further investigation. “No charges have been filed at this time,” he says, “Once the investigation is complete, the case will be reviewed for filing consideration.”
Eden posted on her Instagram story that Carlton Callway was due in court on August 25th, 8:30am. No news has been shared yet.
Also, since my last article, Jaslene Whiterose posted all of the existing videos of the attack in hopes of spreading awareness and getting more attackers identified. The videos are all very violent and contain a number of slurs, especially aimed at the transgender community, so please watch at your own risk. The video is nearly 30 minutes long.