Woman seen fighting in McKinney video defends actions

A woman seen in a video taken at the now-infamous pool party in McKinney defended her actions on Tuesday with a very high profile attorney by her side.

Tracy Carver is the woman seen fighting with another woman in a video from the pool party.

That woman, 19-year-old Tatyana Rhodes, claimed that Carver had used racial slurs and initiated the fight.

Carver held a news conference Tuesday in California and has hired Gloria Allred to represent her.

Carver claims the fight began when her friend was pulled out into the street by her hair.

Carver says she'd come to the pool with two children and a grandchild.

"Dozens of non-residents began jumping the fence into the pool area," said Carver. "My decision was to gather my children and my grandchild and go home to avoid any issues in light of what appeared to be unfolding very rapidly…they were shouting, 'Go Home! Bye, Bye black haters.' It was nearly impossible to exit the gate because it was lined almost three rows deep with unruly, disrespectful, violent teens and young adults."

Carver says she never used any racial slurs and was only trying to defuse the situation.

"Accusations that I am a racist could not be further than the person I truly am," said Carver. "I am a woman of God, a humanitarian in every sense of the word. I have countless supporters in all ethnic backgrounds that will stand up for my character."

Since the video was released, Carver says she has received numerous death threats and violent threats against her family.

She said she's staying in hiding in California for protection.

Carver and Allred were joined by Aaron Clark, described as the best friend of Carver's husband and a man she considers a brother. Clark vouched as he has before that Carver is not a racist.

Emmanuel Obi is the attorney representing Rhodes.

Obi declined an on-camera interview with FOX 4, but said, "My client is not the only witness that has come forward to report the use of offensive language…we stand by our original statement."

Allred says Carver has been in contact with authorities in McKinney about the death threats.

When asked if the McKinney Police Department is investigating, they responded in an email, "Since the Collin County District Attorney has called in the Texas Rangers the McKinney Police Department [is] not making any statement to the media."

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