D.C. Drag Entertainer Beaten in Viral Video Footage shows two women drawing blood during June 23 incident at 14th Street take-out spot By John Riley Published on June 25, 2013, 1:47pm | Comments
A recently posted video that's gone viral shows a violent altercation involving a gay man who works as a drag entertainer and two women, which occurred over the weekend at a D.C. restaurant. Initially posted to YouTube, the video shows the man being struck and dragged by his hair in what might be considered a crime motivated by anti-gay bias.
The man in the video, Miles DeNiro, who performs as Heidi Glüm, had just finished performing in a monthly show known as 'Gay Bash' at the Black Cat on 14th Street NW around 2 a.m., Sunday, June 23, when he entered Manny & Olga's pizza and take-out restaurant.
DeNiro told Metro Weekly that two women – shown in the video appearing as a black woman and an adult Latina – started criticizing him and touching his face.
'They were jealous of my shoes, my makeup, saying I didn't know how to put it on,' DeNiro said. 'They started touching my face, and I said, 'Do not touch me.' The black girl pushed me, I pushed her back, she swung at me, I spit in her face.'
The video recording the incident was posted online by a user known as 'Rick Ross' and has been branded with 'WorldStarHipHop.com,' referring to a hip-hop site that features a variety of videos, which run the gamut from music videos to fights to embarrassing sexual escapades. In the video, the women are seen attacking DeNiro, grabbing him by his hair and dragging him before two people appearing to be Manny & Olga's employees separate them.