RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Widow Von’Du was arrested on domestic violence charges Monday, May 31, after an alleged altercation with a lover — but the reality TV star is claiming self-defense.
Police in Kansas City, Mo., received a report Saturday from a man — claiming to be a former boyfriend of Von’Du — alleging that the Drag Race star came home early Friday and was enraged to find him sleeping in his apartment (even though Von’Du was apparently notified he would be sleeping over), according to TMZ.
The unidentified man claimed Von’Du, whose real name is Ray Fry, was intoxicated and proceeded to assault him. The alleged victim told police he was dragged across the floor, pushed into a bed frame rendering him unconscious, punched in the face several times and choked.
The man was hospitalized and received 14 stitches, according to the outlet.
The drag queen was released on Tuesday, June 1, after posting $5,000 of her $50,000 bond. Von’Du — who placed seventh in season 12 of Drag Race — is set to appear in court again on June 7, and in the meantime is on "house arrest" and cannot have any contact with the alleged victim or witnesses to the apparent assault. She also "must not possess or be in the presence of firearms," according to court records.
A leaked clip of the arrest shows Von’Du claiming self-defense in the assault. “You’re taking me down because I was assaulted in my own apartment, as someone else would not understand that his privilege does not extend to my apartment,” she can be heard screaming in the video.
“As a Black man in this city [Kansas City], I’m being arrested for defending myself in my apartment. And just because his a** got beat up because he would not leave when I asked five times, I’m being arrested… instead of someone being arrested for violating me,” she added, alluding to police targeting her because she is Black and the alleged victim is a white male.