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Man Pleads Not Guilty in Hollywood Transgender Attack

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — A 21-year-old man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges related to a violent attack on a transgender woman in Hollywood.

Nicol Shakhnazaryan was charged with battery, assault and a special allegation of causing great bodily injury.

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Nicol Shakhnazaryan, 21

Prosecutors said Shakhnazaryan was allegedly among a group of men who attacked the 22-year-old victim on May 31.

Vivian Diego, born Victor Diego, was attacked around 2:15 a.m. near the Hollywood and Ivar Metro stop.

Diego had just left her job as a barista at Beso restaurant when she was attacked.

Surveillance video released by police showed four men approaching Diego from behind.

Another angle shows the men kicking Diego as she lay on the ground.

She suffered severe injuries to her face, head and ribs.

Shakhnazaryan faced up to eight years in prison if convicted.

He was being held on $50,000 bail and was due back in court July 16.

Police said the FBI was assisting them in their search for the other three alleged attackers.

Anyone with information about the attack was asked to call 213-972-2967 or email hollywoodcrimetips@gmail.com.

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