The Telegraph in Macon is reporting that Ashley Diamond, the 36-year-old transgender woman who sued the state of Georgia for refusal to provide safe housing and hormonal treatment, was raped in prison as recently as June 10, while the trial is underway:
Attorneys representing a transgender Georgia prison inmate are trying to have her moved or to hear the state prison system’s plan for keeping her safe.
At an April hearing, U.S. District Judge Marc Treadwell asked to be made aware of any changes in Diamond’s status, said Chinyere Ezie, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center who is representing Diamond.
As a result, Diamond’s lawyers and attorneys representing prison officials filed a joint status report with the court this month.
The report includes allegations that Diamond was raped June 10 while being temporarily housed at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville on a trip to Augusta for a medical appointment.
According to the report:
Diamond alleges that her cellmate sexually assaulted her. Investigators are trying to determine whether the incident was captured on video, and an independent investigation into her Prison Rape Elimination Act complaint is underway.
Later, when being driven together to Rutledge State Prison in Columbus, Diamond’s alleged attacker threatened her about saying anything.
Diamond reported the alleged assault to officials in Columbus, and the prisoner was housed in “segregation” until he was relocated to another facility weeks later.
Diamond alleges that the prison’s warden told inmates about the incident, including information identifying her alleged attacker. The warden denies the allegations.