RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 contestant Widow Von'Du, whose legal name is Ray Fry, is claiming self defense after being arrested by the Kansas City Police Department on domestic violence charges Monday (May 31). The arrest was in response to a call received on Saturday around 6 p.m. from a man who reported an assault.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained TMZ, Von'Du reportedly came home early Friday and became upset with her current/former boyfriend for sleeping there, even though the boyfriend claims he notified Von'Du prior.
The man, who has not yet been named according to reports, told police Von'Du came home intoxicated and punched him in the face several times, strangled him and then proceeded to drag him across the floor and eventually pushed him into a bed frame, in which the boyfriend says knocked him unconscious after he hit his head, causing him to bleed.
The report notes that the alleged victim was able to escape and be hospitalized, in which he needed 14 stitches in his face and head. The cops reported they saw the man's injuries and, after a preliminary investigation, found probable cause to get an arrest warrant for Von'Du, who they later tracked down on Monday and took him into custody with a bond set at $50k.
Von'Du is charged with one count of first-degree domestic assault and three counts of third-degree domestic assault, according to court records obtained by People. Von’Du was released Tuesday after posting bond and is due to appear in court next Monday, June 7.
In a leaked video of Von'Du's arrest, Fry is seen telling police, "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."
"As a Black man, I'm being arrested for defending myself in my apartment," the Drag Race star alleged. "And just because his ass 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."
Yikes! Gayes, do you think this incident was self-defense? An investigation by the Kansas City Police Department is ongoing. A fan of Von’Du’s has created a Change.org petition calling on the Missouri governor and the state’s Senate to arrange for Von’Du’s release.