ABC 13, the two began kissing before Stewart allegedly pinned her hands under his knees, pulled out a knife and slit her throat."I guess it was in his shorts, and he just slit my throat at the same time as he covered my mouth," Smith said.A study published in 2021 by the Williams Institute at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law found that members of the transgender community were over four times more likely to experience violent victimization—defined as aggravated or simple assault, rape or sexual assault—than their cisgender counterparts.After the slashing, tensions only increased when Smith had a violent brawl with Stewart, saying that he beat her up as they battled over the knife."At this point, I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, Tayla!
If you don't fight back, you're going to die. He's going to get this knife out of your hands, and he's going to stab you to death,'" Smith recalled.Stewart was arrested hours later and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
He remains in the Harris County Jail on a $125,000 bond. Meanwhile, Smith received stitches in her neck and hand where she grabbed the knife during the fight.Newsweek has reached out to Houston Police Department via email for comment.Smith, who told ABC 13 that she has been on dating apps before but has never met up with anyone in person, also said she told Stewart she was transgender before the two met."I would never not tell a person," Smith said.