June 25, 2013

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. 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.