Man from viral twerking assault video speaks out

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) — When two women were charged with sexual abuse after twerking on a man at a Washington D.C. gas station, the story caught the nation’s attention.

Now the man who called 9-1-1 is speaking out.

Meet 40-year-old Washington Tharpe. He’s the guy in the viral video of two women caught on tape twerking, grabbing and touching him.

“It looks like I just had some girls twerking on me and I just called the police,” said Tharpe. “That is not what happened at all.”

The local middle school teacher stopped for gas at the New York Avenue Shell station at 3:58 p.m. on October 7. He pulled out his cash to pay, and the twerking was just the beginning.

“So I was like okay, get off me, I said alright stop,” said Tharpe.

Next came the woman in red.

“She grabbed my private part in the front and then private part in the back,” said Tharpe.

All that, police say, was sexual abuse.

“I was going around in circles trying to maneuver myself away from them,” said Tharpe. “They just kept continuing, continuing, continuing.”

Tharpe said so much more was caught on tape, a ten-minute ordeal, and it all led up to his call to 9-1-1.

“When I went outside, the girls followed me,” said Tharpe. “The one in the red dress hurry up and jumped in front of me, grabbed the car door, would not allow me to get into the car.  She goes ‘take us with you,’ I go ‘no, I’m not taking you anywhere.'”

Tharpe said there was a group of men standing nearby, who he believes were going to set him up. He said one of the women then tried to grab his arm.

The 6’2”, 230-pound teacher said he tried to throw her off of him.

“When she caught her phone and got right back up, I’m thinking ‘she’s gotta be a man,'” said Tharpe.

Tharpe said the women retreated for a moment and he drove into the car wash.

“When I turned on the carwash, the girls came inside the other way from the exit after me, and I’m thinking ‘oh shoot, they’re about to kill me.’ That’s when I called 9-1-1,” said Tharpe.

Tharpe said he feared for his life that afternoon, but he feels the need to explain himself because the viral video portrayed a different story.

We counted close to half-a-million views on world star hip-hop, and 900,000 views of different versions on YouTube, and counting.

“I’m speaking the truth and maybe it will help someone else in the future,” said Tharpe.

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