Big Brother's Rodrigo Lopes assaulted as alter ego Rebekah

Rodrigo Lopes - Big Brother 10

Former Big Brother star Rodrigo Lopes was assaulted this month, dressed as his alter ego Rebeckah.

Rodrigo revealed earlier this year how he’s now living life as a woman, and is planning to undergo gender reassignment surgery.

The Brazilian – who finished fifth in the show’s tenth series 2009, aged 23 – lives as his new female persona, named Rebekah Shelton.

Rodrigo, now 26, explained: “I’ve always felt like I had a woman inside of me, always. But I used to hide it. I’ve always liked make-up, treatments and other womanly things, and I was 18 when I first started experimenting."

Speaking to heat magazine this week, Rodrigo revealed however the reaction to Rebeckah hadn't been completely positive, having been assaulted in a lift at his hotel.

He explained: "They were very aggressive and grabbed my crotch area and he started abusing me, he was so intimidating."

Police were able to catch the thugs thanks to CCTV, but Rodrigo refused to press charges.

He said: "The police were amazing, I can't thank them enough. They wanted me to press charges but I decided not to. If anything like this happens again, I will, but this time I don't want to."

"Obviously my confidence has been knocked, but I will not let bullies beat me," Rodrigo added.

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