“The Boys” star Karen Fukuhara is sharing a disturbing personal experience to speak out against anti-Asian violence.
On Wednesday, Fukuhara said on Instagram that she had been physically attacked by a man while “walking to a cafe for some coffee.” She said the man struck her in the back of the head and that the attack “came out of nowhere.”
“We made no eye contact before, I wasn’t doing anything out of the ordinary,” Fukuhara wrote. “It came to my surprise and my hat flew off. By the time I looked back, he was a few feet away from me (he must have kept walking after hitting me).”
The actress didn’t disclose where the alleged attack took place. Fukuhara said she considered confronting the man, but when he started approaching her, she decided it wasn’t “worth the risk.”
“After a few seconds of staring at each other, and him yelling at me, he eventually walked away,” she wrote.
Fukuhara said that while she rarely discusses her private life, she thought it was important to share this experience with others and “raise awareness.”
“I write this, because I’ve had conversations with multi-racial friends of mine that had no idea these hate crimes happen to everyday, regular people – people that they share meals with,” Fukuhara wrote.
She added: “Ultimately I know I got lucky. He could have come back to hit me again. He could have carried a weapon. The shock of this experience has me thinking about taking self defense classes. But why is this something we as ‘victims’ have to think about? What satisfaction are these perpetrators getting from hitting women, Asians, the ELDERLY? They need to be held accountable. What can we do as a community to prevent these horrible crimes?”
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Violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has surged across the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, with women reporting incidents at twice the rate as men, according to Stop AAPI Hate. In December, the New York City Police Department reported incidents targeting Asians rose by 361% over the previous year.
Chace Crawford and Jack Quaid, Fukuhara’s co-stars from “The Boys,” both expressed support for their co-star.
“Hope you’re ok this is awful,” Crawford wrote.
“Karen thank you for sharing your experience,” Quaid wrote. “I’m so sorry that happened to you. Love you. Here if you need anything.”
Fellow Asian American actress Olivia Munn, who has been vocal about preventing Asian hate crimes, also voiced her support for Fukuhara. “I’m so grateful you’re safe,” she wrote.
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Contributing: Erin Jensen, Pamela Avila