Battered Transgendered Model Under Fire on Witness Stand
A New York City firefighter has been charged with physically assaulting his transgender model girlfriend outside a strip club, but the alleged victim’s testimony has attracted media attention.
The New York Daily News reports that Taylor Murphy, 29, has been accused of beating, biting and choking Claudia Charriez, 31, after they got into an argument outside of FlashDancers, a strip club in midtown Manhattan, on Aug. 6, 2011. Prosecutors say that Murphy, who is 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds and was "Mr. March" on an unofficial FDNY calendar, threw his girlfriend into a phone booth, dragged her by her hair and then choked her outside the joint.
The Daily News points out that Charriez, who was a former contestant on Tyra Banks’ hit reality show "America’s Next Top Model," was wearing "black pumps, a pants suit and [a] low-cut dress shirt" and was "visibly shaken and stressed and near tears at times" when she began her testimony last Thursday. Murphy was also reportedly emotional as he wiped tears from his eyes when Charriez spoke.
The model explained how the two met and said Murphy knew she was born a man as he had TiVo’d the "Top Model" episodes Charriez appeared in. She also told the court how Murphy was extremely upset that she worked as an escort and that one night the firefighter broke a chair in her apartment after she met a client for a "date."
When Murphy’s lawyer questioned Charriez about her sexual activity, including contracting a sexually transmitted disease, the model apparently broke down, the Daily News points out in a second article about the strange case.
"You (worked as an escort) knowing that you could potentially transmit that disease?" defense attorney Jason Berland asked.