Editor Ben Shapiro Files Police Report Against Transgender Reporter After Heated TV Exchange

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Transgender reporter Zoey Tur responds to a comment by Breitbart News Network staff editor Ben Shapiro on the “Dr. Drew on Call” show on July 16. Dr. Drew

Updated | A heated discussion on the Dr. Drew on Call show ended with Ben Shapiro, an editor at the conservative news and opinion site Breitbart.com, filing a police report against reporter Zoey Tur, who is transgender, on Sunday morning.  

A panel of guests from across the ideological spectrum discussed Caitlyn Jenner receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs.

“Does she deserve this award?” Drew Pinsky asked Shapiro at the top of the show. “For what?” he responded. “Why are we mainstreaming mental illness and delusion?”

When the discussion returned to Shapiro, he said, “I’ll call him Caitlyn Jenner. Forget about the disrespect, facts don’t care about your feelings. It turns out that every chromosome, every cell in Caitlyn Jenner’s body is male, except for some of his sperm cells.”

Shapiro then turned to Tur and asked, “What are your genetics, sir?”

“We both know chromosomes don’t necessarily mean you’re male or female,” Tur countered. “So you don’t know what you are talking about.”

Tur who was sitting next to Shapiro, then put her hand around his neck and said, “You cut that out now, or you’ll be going home an ambulance.” She later told Shapiro that he was “consumed with hatred” and called him “a little man, a little boy.”

On Sunday morning, Shapiro filed a police report alleging he was assaulted.

“Oh please,” Tur tells Newsweek. “Did you see an assault?” She sarcastically added, “Yeah, the LAPD is working in shifts. They have detectives on it day and night.”

But Shapiro says the filing is meant to teach the left a lesson. “Just because the left has designated someone a member of the victim class does not mean that that person gets to infringe the rights of others,” Shapiro told the Breitbart News Network about filing the police report. “Until the left learns that, their aggression will not stop.”

Tur claims Shapiro filed the report just to keep the story in the news. She also says she has received multiple threats on Twitter since the show.

Shapiro intends to pursue charges regarding alleged criminal threats. 

"Tur told me as he left the studio that he would see me in the parking lot; the CNN producers took that seriously enough that they checked to see that he had left the premises, and had security escort me to the parking lot as well," Shapiro tells Newsweek. "He also tweeted that he would like to 'curb stomp' me. Other than that, police have told me not to comment on the situation because the investigation is now underway."