An Instagram model who filmed a man aggressively accosting her for going without a face mask on the Tube has claimed that he was the one not being conscious of coronavirus.
The 22-year-old, who goes by Duana W and boasts 11,000 followers, filmed a man confronting her in a foul-mouthed tirade on the platform at Tottenham Court Road station on the London Underground on Sunday.
Duana wasn’t wearing a mask while using the Tube and came under fire from observers after the video was shared online as they pointed out she was breaking the law.
However, she has now defended herself and claimed the man who abused her was actually the one not being health conscious.
She told Mail Online: ‘I actually do wear a mask when its needed however in my opinion it wasn’t needed on a virtually empty, socially distanced, hot Central Line platform at 11pm on a Sunday night.
‘I can assure you no one was put at risk by me not wearing it apart from the man in the video who came into my personal space harassing me.
‘He was clearly looking for a fight which is why I didn’t provoke him further by answering him and I doubt he cared for anyone’s health as he claims when he clearly doesn’t care for his own when he stepped right in front of my face.’
The Instagram model, who goes by Duana W and boasts 11,000 followers, has now defended herself and claimed the man who abused her was actually the one not being health conscious
The 22-year-old model goes by the name of Duana W and boasts 11,000 Instagram followers
Instagram model Duana W was approached by the blue-bearded man while she waited for a train at Tottenham Court Road station in London just before midnight on Sunday
Despite her complaints about the man’s aggressive conduct, she had been inundated with criticism from observers who pointed out that she was breaking laws designed to slow the spread of coronavirus through London by not wearing a mask.
The video starts with the man walking down the platform, shouting: ‘There might be other people who are scared to confront you.
‘But I’m not. F****** sort your s*** out, yes film me because you’re a d******* without a mask. You’re a c*** putting people’s lives at risk.’
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Face masks became compulsory on public transport from June 15.
Anyone caught flouting the rules can be fined up to £100 – so far 285 notices have been handed out.
On July 24 the rules were expanded to shops, supermarkets and inside other public buildings such as banks and post offices.
The rules are being widened on August 8 to prevent a second spike, with cinemas, places of worship and funeral directors all set to be covered by new legislation.
It has been compulsory to wear face coverings while travelling on public transport since June 15.
When another passenger intervenes and asks the man to leave her alone, he refuses to back away, before shouting: ‘Put a f****** mask on.’
After the footage went viral, the 22-year-old model wrote: ‘I actually do wear a mask when its needed however it wasn’t needed on a virtually empty, socially distanced, hot Central line platform at 11pm on a Sunday night.
‘I can assure you no one was put at risk by me not wearing it apart from the blue bearded Peter Griffin looking a** who came into my personal space harassing me.
‘He was clearly looking for a fight which is why I didn’t provoke him further by answering him and I doubt he cared for anyone’s health as he claims when clearly doesn’t care for his own.’
As of yesterday, British Transport Police and Transport for London workers have had to remind more than 80,000 passengers to wear face coverings on buses, trains and trams.
Around 6,200 have been asked to leave the network, and 285 people have been fined for not following the rules.
Other Twitter users had replied to point out rules on face coverings, which came into effect nearly two months ago.
Duana W has since suffered backlash for sharing the footage, as some Twitter users point out face coverings have been compulsory on public transport since the middle of June
Duana said the barrage of abuse was ‘completely unprovoked,’ as she tried to travel on the Central Line without a mask on Sunday night
Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and supermarkets across England, there are exemptions for people with disabilities
One wrote: ‘He is moving a bit excessive but the rules do say you have to wear a mask when using public transport. Think about others who are more vulnerable.’
Responding to criticism, the model wrote: ‘My mentions are full of uneducated hypocrties pretending to be health experts but I guess that’s Twitter for ya(sic).
‘Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions but no amount of online bullying can ever guilt trip me into believing that I’m killing people by not wearing my mask when I am practicing pretty much all safety measures to protect me from getting the virus.’
She then asks critics to ‘find out why we can catch Covid-19 on a train platform but not in a restaurant, pub or gym.’
A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: ‘We are aware of this video that is being circulated on social media and our officers are looking in to it further.
‘We’re asking anyone with further details to text us on 61016 with the reference 399 of 3 August.’
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