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Ex-Batwoman star Ruby Rose was hospitalised by school bullies who ‘hit her in the head with metal chairs’

Patrick Kelleher April 1, 2021
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Ruby Rose attends The CW's Summer Party on August 4 (Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty)

Ruby Rose has opened up about the moment she was hospitalised as a child after bullies violently assaulted her in a cafe.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ruby Rose explained how she came out as a lesbian aged 12, which made homophobic bullies take notice of her. She was verbally and physically abused and socially excluded by cruel classmates who wrote “we hate Ruby” on toilet walls and accused her of staring at them in swimming pool changing rooms.

“It was little bullying moments like that, that just made me feel like I couldn’t be myself,” Rose said.

She eventually moved schools after she was violently assaulted by bullies. The former Batwoman star was left with “lacerations” and a concussion following the horrific attack.

“I was hospitalised and then was out of school for about five days,” Rose said.

“I got beaten up by about four girls and one guy in front of about 50 people. They hit me in the head with metal chairs at a café, and they threw things at me.

“They punched me. I ended up with lacerations, big bruises, concussion and also… just how much that horrifies your soul, your spirit. I’d been bullied a lot, but not to this degree where I was worried for my life.”

Ruby Rose as Batwoman in The CW's Arrowverse 2018 crossover episode
Ruby Rose starred in one season of Batwoman. (The CW)

Rose wanted to press charges against the bullies for aggravated assault and grievous bodily harm, but her mother could not afford a protracted legal fight.

Her mother was also concerned that such a fight would be detrimental to Rose’s mental health.

People apologised for not intervening in attack against Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose said that she still receives messages from people to this day who saw the attack, with some apologising for not having intervened. One person who watched it unfold said they still have nightmares about it.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rose opened up about her short film “Break Free”, which she posted on YouTube in 2014. It has since racked up more than 50 million views.

In the video, Rose explores her gender roles and her own gender fluidity by transforming from a ‘feminine’ to a ‘masculine’ look.

Rose said she is still “extremely proud” of the video because it started conversations around gender identity, but she noted that people are still “scared of things they don’t understand”.

“That’s just part of human nature. Unless that person is in a position where they’re actually going to affect the way that people live, then I don’t have the bandwidth to give my energy to caring about the fact that this person doesn’t understand.

“I don’t even have an issue with the fact that they have an issue. I’m still confused as to why they’re so completely enveloped in this phobia, fear, anger, rage, whatever it is, and why they get so fired up about it.”

 

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