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DURHAM, N.C. – A transgender woman claims she was escorted out of a public North Carolina restroom by security – but surveillance video shows it might not have happened.
Alexis Adams told WTVD last week that she was “humiliated beyond belief” and “bystanders were stunned” as security escorted her out of the Transit Center Thursday.
“I couldn’t think. I couldn’t speak. I was speechless,” she said. “It was embarrassing. I was outed in front of everybody.”
The Durham woman said she wanted to make a statement by going into a woman’s restroom and snapping a selfie in the mirror.
She said a custodian confronted her when she came out of the stall and she was escorted out.
The city of Durham owns the Transit Center and recently released surveillance footage of the alleged incident after the original story was aired.
Adams can be seen in the video entering the public bathroom alone. About four minutes later, a custodian enters. Shortly later, Adams can be seen leaving the restroom by herself.
The video does not show whether or not the custodian said anything to Adams.
WTVD showed Adams the video footage and she is sticking by her story. “You had to be there to witness it,” she said.
Adams was born a male and transitioned to a female five years ago.
Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, more than a month ago after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.
The bill makes transgender people use the bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certification.