A trans activist who accused a women-only nude spa of discrimination had “malignant intent” when she made her gripe — as a result of it got here months earlier than she underwent intercourse reassignment surgical procedure, a lawyer for the enterprise claimed.
Tracy Tribbett, who’s representing Olympus Spa in Washington State, ripped Haven Wilvich for submitting a criticism with the state’s human rights fee after she was denied entry to the enterprise.
“An individual who’s … months away from gender reassignment surgical procedure who complains and tries to destroy and destroy this enterprise, that’s dangerous, if not, malignant intent,” Tribbett advised The Lynnwood Times.
Wilvich, a transgender lady, claimed she had visited the spa with mates in January 2020 however denied entry as a result of she nonetheless had male genitalia.
A month later, she filed her criticism in opposition to the spa in Lynwood, Wash., about half-hour north of Seattle.
The spa has at all times had a coverage of accepting trans ladies who’ve had sexual reassignment surgical procedure, Tribbet stated.
“Olympus Spa shouldn’t be open to the general public, nor has it ever been. The spa discriminates in opposition to males and it discriminates in opposition to these beneath the age of 13,” she advised The Daily Mail. “This is totally different from different circumstances, like a cake-baking store or a flower store.
“What we appear to have right here is an activist trolling on-line to search out totally different companies that may not be complying with what they understand to be the regulation,” Tribbett added.
In 2021, the state declared the spa’s coverage discriminatory, and the enterprise ended the apply.
In 2022, the spa sued to reverse the choice, however a federal decide upheld the ruling earlier this month.
A weblog put up reveals that Wilvich obtained her surgical procedure for a “neovagina” in August 2020, six months after she filed the WSHRC criticism, in line with court docket paperwork.
Though Wilvich initially claimed in her criticism to the fee that she visited the spa however later modified her story, telling The Post earlier this month she referred to as and was advised “pre-op trans ladies weren’t allowed.”
Wilvich mendacity in her criticism about her preliminary encounter with the spa demonstrates she was merely trying to go after a enterprise whose ideas didn’t align along with her personal, Tribbett maintained.
Tribbett additionally recommended Wilvich was mendacity about contacting the spa through cellphone, claiming enterprise’ proprietor, Myoon Woon Lee, doesn’t take cellphone calls.
“This shouldn’t be a direct assault on Haven Wilvich, apart from to say that she’s not being truthful and was simply searching for hassle,” Tribbett stated.
Wilvich advised The Post following the June resolution that she was “making an attempt to spend enterprise to the spa. I used to be making an attempt to assist them … to change into extra consistent with inclusive tradition.”
“I see this as a simply regulation being upheld,” she stated.
Tribbett stated that Olympus Spa plans to refile its criticism, with the intention of finally taking its case all the best way to the Supreme Court.
‘It will go to a panel within the Ninth Circuit, after which will probably be reviewed there. If we get hold of the identical consequence, then we’ll attraction to the Supreme Court for assessment,’ she advised the Daily Mail.
Wilvich didn’t reply to a request for remark. Tribbett didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.