FDNY firefighter on trial for assault charges in fight with transgender model
A domestic dispute between two models, one of them a FDNY firefighter, is heating up in court.
Taylor Murphy, 29, is on trial for charges that he violently attacked his girlfriend, Claudia Charriez, a transgender model known for her appearance as a contestant on “American’s Next Top Model.”
Murphy, who appeared as “Mr. March” in a calender featuring FDNY firefighters, is accused of pulling Charriez’s hair, shoving her into a phone booth and choking her outside a Midtown strip club on the night of Aug. 6, 2011. He’s also accused of kicking, punching, and biting her inside a hotel room.
Opening statements in the trial began Thursday.
Murphy, whose Model Mayhem profile lists him as 6’4 and 220 pounds, continues to pursue a career in modeling after his appearance in the 2011 NYC Firefighters Calendar, the unofficial calender of the FDNY.
Charriez was disqualified in the semifinal round of “ANTM” in 2006 after it was revealed that she was born a man.