Suni Lee, an Olympic gold medallist, claims she was pepper-sprayed during a racial attack.
Suni Lee, an Olympic gold medalist and the first Hmong American to compete in the Olympics, claims she was pepper sprayed during a racist incident in Los Angeles while in town for her stint on "Dancing with the Stars."
Lee was waiting for a ride home following a night out with a bunch of Asian-American buddies, she said PopSugar in an interview.
According to the story, she stated that a car drove by and the passengers began chanting racist slurs such as "ching chong" and ordered the girls to "return to where they came from."
Then, Lee stated, one of the passengers blasted her arm with pepper spray just before the car departed.
According to Lee, the incident occurred in October.
"I was furious, but there was nothing I could do or control because they fled," Lee explained to PopSugar.
"I did nothing to them, and with my reputation, it's extremely difficult because I didn't want to do anything that would land me in hot water. I simply allow it to occur."
Attacks on Asian Americans have increased dramatically during the pandemic. According to a coalition that monitors racism and discrimination against Asian Americans, at least 4,533 cases were reported in the first half of this year.
Between March 19, 2020 and June 30, 2021, the coalition Stop AAPI Hate received over 9,000 reports of occurrences.