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LAPD announce arrest in brutal attack on transgender woman

Victim speaks out: 'As you can see, I’m still fabulous'
Saturday, June 22, 2013

LOS ANGELES — One of four alleged attackers in a brutal beating of a transgender woman in Hollywood last month has been arrested and is custody, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21, was arrested on felony battery charges in the May 31 attack on Vivian Diego, a 22-year-old transgender woman.

From family video
Vivian Diego, following the May 31 attack.

Diego, who works at Beso, the Hollywood restaurant owned by actress Eva Longoria, was struck her from behind by one of four men, said Lt. Marc Reina. “The remaining members of the group then joined in brutally assaulting Vivian by repeatedly kicking her, even while she lay motionless on the sidewalk.”

The attack, which police called a possible hate crime, was caught on surveillance video.

Diego suffered a broken jaw, shattered cheekbone and two cracked ribs. Her jaw was wired shut as a result and she was hospitalized for seven days.

Despite her mouth being wired shut, Diego said she is speaking out so that people know she is proud of the person she sees in the mirror.

“I am not letting this incident, this attack stop me from living my life,” she told KCBS-TV earlier this week, prior to Shakhnazaryan’s arrest.

“As you can see, I’m still fabulous,” she said.

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Shakhnazaryan is being held on $1.05 million bail. LAPD and the FBI are searching for the remaining three suspects.

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41 more reader comments:

  1. sick:( is there still this much hatred in the world?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:20pm
  2. I hope they get bastards.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:23pm
  3. Yes, unfortunately. Lots of trans* people and gay people worldwide get killed for just being themselves. :

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  4. String him up by his balls and let us at him!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  5. So glad they caught one of the guys….sheesh.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:24pm
  6. which is sad:(

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  7. 1 down 3 to go!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  8. Disgusting and such a stark reminder during Pride Month that Homo/Transphobia is still very real, even in urban centers like LA, and especially important in the light of the up coming Supreme Court decision, which makes no mention of transgender rights or equality.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:26pm
  9. What a shame!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:30pm
  10. A true blessing and karma for the offender.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:30pm
  11. I would like all four arrested.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:33pm
  12. Poor baby………this is fucking horrible………we REALLY need stricter laws to protect the LGBT community……..and they need to be enforced………..if not……….WE HAVE TO PROTEST……..in great numbers……..out in the streets!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:33pm
  13. so sad and sick I hope they catch the men and they are brought to justice

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:35pm
  14. It’s so sad to keep reading things like this.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:38pm
  15. the sad thing is, hatred is learned… and not a normal response

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:40pm
  16. Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:42pm
  17. this is why we need more support from our officials. From the white house to our state rep’s..

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:43pm
  18. All who attacked him deserve a very long jail sentence!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:44pm
  19. omg that’s terrible

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:46pm
  20. Nice to see the LAPD took time from their Beatings and cover ups to actually arrest a criminal.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:52pm
  21. That’s so upsetting. At least they caught 1 guy, but that’s not really much comfort, i know. :’(

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 6:54pm
  22. OMG!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:00pm
  23. All four should be arrested and beaten.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:10pm
  24. What actions has the LAPD taken to arrest the other three?

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:11pm
  25. :( It breaks my heart when things like this happen.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:14pm
  26. This is disgusting. It should be attempted murder as well. I hope they find the rest of those bastards

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:15pm
  27. All should be jailed. They are very mean and cruel. This cannot be tolerated at all…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:21pm
  28. video games have a lot to be blamed for

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:33pm
  29. fortunately it is not being ignored

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:34pm
  30. 4 on 1? yeah real badasses…

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:43pm
  31. butt ugly bullies cant get a date with anyone so they beat up the people they see that they are of the opinion of they don’t like. ..Discrimination and hatefullness from ignorant people.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 7:45pm
  32. These guys that did this are so scared of their own queerest. People that beat up people from the gay neighbor hood are queerer then us all. They all went back and had sex with each other. They should have to have sex with each other in public.

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:27pm
  33. just horrible!! I hope they catch every last one of them Basterds!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:31pm
  34. and as usual… i hear about it on queer friendly FB pages. not on the so called news. -SMH

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 8:48pm
  35. Haters will Lose!

    Posted on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 11:10pm
  36. We send our heart·felt Love and commiserations to our sister and hope that our Sister is recovering as best she can, and We hope the alleged perpetrator of this Vile and cowardly act of Brutality against our community faces the severest penalty and that the authorities Do not fail our community and show complacency / indifference to this abuse which only serves to empower our abusers! This Vile brutality Must Stop ! ;o(

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:52am
  37. Woah, hold up there, you are blaming video games for this? I have never seen a game that said go bash a LGBT member, I have heard a shit ton of songs about it, but don’t fuckin’ bash an industry that supports us, and is already harshly oppressed. I take my anger out in games, not on people, and that says a bunch, so do not go bashing my anger management please, and thank you.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:12am
  38. this is One on One terrorism–no less than that!; American against American—

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 7:40am
  39. Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 12:51pm
  40. I hope they find the rest of this gang who committed this hate crime.

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 1:39pm
  41. Sad very sad

    Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 3:30pm