A transgender British model filed a police report alleging a hate crime after she says a photographer rejected her attempt to perform in an adult film because she has a penis.
“This man messaged me saying he wanted to take my picture, have sex with me and film it to make money and then once he found out I was trans he stopped all contact with me,” Ria Cooper told U.K. outlet Hull Live in an interview published Friday.
“No one should be treated like this – this is discriminating and appalling behaviour,” Cooper added.
Cooper, now 25, held the title of Britain’s youngest transgender woman when she was 15.
These days, Cooper works as a model and produces explicit content, which she promotes on social media.
Cooper told Hull Live the photographer found her through her online portfolio.
But after initiating contact, the man told her he couldn’t work with her because she “had a c–k.”
“This is absolutely f—ing disgusting behavior,” Cooper said.
“I want to be a glamour model and a porn star – that’s what I want to do. I don’t think I should be treated like this,” Cooper added.
The remarks prompted Cooper to file a hate crime report with local authorities.
“I just think those comments could easily make someone commit suicide. It is so bad that I have gone to the police,” Cooper said.
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police confirmed to Hull Live that officers were investigating the incident.
It should be every woman's right to show her cock to whom ever she likes. https://t.co/tVcUd3gGiz
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 19, 2019
Cooper’s case has drawn sympathy from some high-profile observers, including comedian and actor Ricky Gervais.