Instagram model rants against Tube 'mask police' after confrontation

Instagram model rants against the Tube ‘mask police’ and shares a video of her confrontation with aggressive foul-mouthed man who accosted her for failing to cover her face – but critics point out SHE is in the wrong

  • Masked man berated woman on Central Line platform before calling her a c***
  • The barrage of abuse was filmed at Tottenham Court Road on Sunday evening 
  • The model has said a mask ‘wasn’t needed on a virtually empty’ platform at night
  • Face coverings have been compulsory for public transport users since mid June

An Instagram model filmed a foul-mouthed tirade she received from the ‘mask police,’ while travelling on the London Underground on Sunday – but Twitter users have argued she is in the wrong.

The model, who goes by Duanna W, shared footage of a masked, blue-bearded man approaching her at Tottenham Court Road, with the caption ‘mask police’.

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 shit out, yes film me because you’re a d******* without a mask. 

‘You’re a c*** putting people’s lives at risk.’

Duanna said the barrage of abuse was ‘completely unprovoked,’ as she tried to travel on the Central Line without a mask on Sunday night

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.

Duanna 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

Instagram model Duanna W was approached by the blue-bearded man while she waited for a train at Tottenham Court Road station just before midnight on Sunday

‘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.’ 

Other Twitter users had replied to point out rules on face coverings, which came into effect nearly two months ago. 

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).

Face coverings are now mandatory in shops and supermarkets across England, there are exemptions for people with disabilities 

‘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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