Ria Cooper says she has contacted Humberside Police after receiving offensive Whatsapp messages. A woman from Hull has accused a man of 'transphobic behaviour' which she says could scupper her chances of a modelling career. Transgender woman Ria Cooper , 25, says she has contacted police after a series of messages were sent to her over Whatsapp by a photographer who promised to help promote her career. The west Hull woman, who became Britain's youngest transgender woman at the age of 15 , claims the man suddenly stopped all contact after discovering she was trans.
She says the man made contact after she began sending links to her fans on social media of her new glamour modelling portfolio. It's like calling someone who is black the 'N' word. The pictures should be judged as they are. I don't think I should be treated like this. In a series of exchanges over Whatsapp, the man said that Ria wouldn't be accepted into Playboy magazine due to the fact she is transgender.
The man said in the message: 'Why don't you send one of yours, my friend just told me - sorry Playboy won't accept that. The man went on to claim that Ria had never "mentioned it [she was transgender] before". The comment angered Ria so much that she has contacted the police and believes the hate crime and transphobia needs to be taken more seriously.
Asked about the comments, Ria added: "I just think those comments could easily make someone commit suicide. It is so bad that I have gone to the police. Humberside Police has confirmed officers are currently investigating the allegation. A spokeswoman for the force said: "We received a report of a hate incident yesterday, on Wednesday, October The report has been logged and will be investigated. He is currently covering breaking news in Hull and East Yorkshire. You can follow all the latest stories on his Facebook page here , his Twitter page here or on the Hull Live website here.
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