As anti-Asian violence continues to roil the U.S., Dash & Lily star Midori Francis tweeted that she was a victim of a racist hate crime Thursday.
On her personal Twitter account, Francis, who is of Japanese descent, detailed the incident, alleging that she “was spat on directly by a passenger in a black car which slowed down and intentionally spat out the window at me,” adding that she “was close enough to the car to know it was intentional.”
In a follow-up tweet, the Good Boys actress said the attack happened at 2:37 p.m. in Los Angeles, on the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Fern Dell Drive. She added that she was with a friend at the time but was unable to identify the number plate of the car.
The actress tweeted that she contacted the LAPD, but she needed help with a more specific hate crime number. She subsequently tweeted that she reported the incident to stopaapihate.org and standagainsthatred.org. Tweeting that she was relieved to be able to report the incident, Francis added it was “sad to see there was a whole category for being spat on.”
The attack on Francis came as a wave of anti-Asian hate crime has swept the country over the past year, including the March 16 shootings outside Atlanta, in which a gunman visited three Asian massage parlors and killed eight people, including six Asian women.
Earlier Thursday, Teen Wolf star Arden Cho posted on Instagram that she was the subject of a racially motivated attack Wednesday night while out walking her dog. Cho, who is of Korean descent, said that a man abused her with a racist slur and screamed that he was going to “motherfucking kill” her and her “fucking dog.”
Cho added in her post that the incident resurfaced “trauma” from racist attacks in her childhood, recounting how she was badly beaten by a 14-year-old boy when she was 10. “I’ve been kicked in the face till I was unconscious and hospitalized, I was only a kid. I didn’t realize how much that incident shaped my life. How much fear I’ve always lived with,” the actress wrote.
Like many other prominent Asian American stars, Francis has been vocal about the rise of racist attacks and rhetoric. Speaking to the Bronx’s News12 in March she said, “I feel on edge sometimes walking around Asian in this country, right now.”
She added, “As a community, Asian Americans often feel they can’t speak out or even voice their experiences with racism in this country. So, I know there is a lot that’s been underreported.”