Man accused of groping woman in restaurant says his arrest is ‘a Me Too thing,’ police say


A man is accused of groping a woman at an Oklahoma restaurant and then punching a man who tried to intervene, police say.

The incident occurred around 3:50 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at a restaurant in Tulsa, where officers were dispatched to a report of a man “sexually assaulting a woman and causing a disturbance,” according to a press release.

Women at the restaurant told officers the man, identified as Doyle Wilkins, walked up to their table and said, “I want to punch a (expletive),” Tulsa police said. He is accused of tapping one of the women’s face with his hand.

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When another woman tried to help, she was grabbed on the chest and pushed against the second-story railing, Tulsa police said. She told officers she was afraid she would fall over the railing.

A man who tried to intervene was beaten several times by Wilkins before Wilkins was detained, the press release said.

“While in custody, Wilkins told officers he had done nothing wrong and claimed the officer was ‘trying to make it a Me Too thing,'” police said.

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The Me Too movement received international attention in 2017 because many people publicized their experiences of sexual abuse or harassment. The movement led to dozens of accusations against film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has since been sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Wilkins, according to police, showed no remorse for his alleged actions, telling officers he “can get out of here”.

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He was charged with sexual assault, assault and battery, trespassing and public intoxication, police said.

Records show Wilkins was released from jail about five hours after he was booked on Saturday.

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