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Yasmine James is the young woman in a viral video who was attacked by a white man while working at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Florida on New Year’s Eve. The 20-year-old is now speaking out for the first time.

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James told ABC, “I didn’t have any control over my body when he grabbed me. Like I’m scared, like why are you grabbing me, I just didn’t understand his intentions. Even though we were having a verbal conversation, I don’t think it was that for him to grab me.”

She also revealed she called 911 because “management didn’t know what to do.” However, “She doesn’t blame her manager and says he’s a good person but says there isn’t enough company training on how to deal with situations like this.”

James explained, “When that happened, it was like he didn’t know what to do. It’s like, basically what’s the procedure? There’s none.”

The 20-year-old hasn’t been fired, but she is concerned about going back to work, “It’s like scary, anybody can do something to me. I work so close with the customers, and now that everyone knows and people don’t agree with this, they can do anything. I am committed to using this horrible experience as means to fight for justice, not only for myself, but for other women experiencing this kind of violence in environments where they should be safe and protected. I am so grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from all around the country. I am aware this type of violence happens to women, especially Black women, everyday.” James now has a lawyer but no word if a lawsuit will be filed.

See the clip below of James speaking out.

In response to the incident, McDonald’s released the following statement, “We share the community’s concern, and are taking this disturbing incident very seriously. Our highest priority is always the safety and well-being of everyone in the restaurant, and we do not condone violence of any kind, especially against our employees. We firmly stand with our employees everywhere, including our employees at this restaurant who were involved in this incident.”

The thug was attacked James, Daniel Willis Taylor, 41, has been charged with two counts of 1st degree simple battery for initiating the physical encounter.

See the video below:


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