After garnering national attention from being forcibly twerked upon in a Washington D.C. gas station convenience store, Washington Tharpe, is coming out with his side of the story that the security cameras didn’t catch.
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The 40-year-old middle school teacher spoke to WJLA in Washington, D.C. in a segment aired on Tuesday (Nov. 18), and said that the first woman would not stop twerking on him after he told her several times to stop. He said the second woman, seen wearing red on the tape, grabbed his front private parts and touched his behind, which the police said is considered sexual abuse. The nearly-ten minute ordeal did not stop there.
“The girl in the red dress hurried and jumped in front of me, grabbed the car door, would not allow me to get into the car,” he recalled. “She said, ‘take us with you.” He also says that he thought that it was a set-up, since there was a group of men standing nearby and watching the events unfold. He drove into the car wash to get away from the girls, only to see them on the opposite end of the car wash not too soon after, prompting him to call the police.
He told WJLA Crime Investigator Jennifer Donelan that he felt the need to tell his side of the story “because the video portrayed a different story.” He hopes his story can help people who have struggled with sexual abuse situations. One of the twerkers in the video is in jail without bond and is being charged with sex abuse. The other woman is on the loose, but a warrant is out for her arrest.
Watch and listen to Tharpe’s story below: