Caitlyn Jenner Asks to Be Legally Declared a Woman, Says She Has Received 'Threats of Bodily Harm'
Caitlyn Jenner has said she fears being put in a men's prison after being involved in a February car crash
After hosting a star-studded renaming ceremony, Caitlyn Jenner is asking a judge to officially change her gender to female.
Jenner, 65, filed for a name and gender change in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE. She is formally requesting to be called “Caitlyn Marie Jenner” instead of “William Bruce Jenner.”
But according to the filing, the Olympic icon has requested that information necessary for the process, such as her medical history, be sealed. The judge considering Caitlyn Jenner’s name and gender petition has granted her motion to file portions of her petition under seal and granted her motion for a private hearing.
“Although public support for my transition has been overwhelmingly supportive, I am also receiving unwelcome negative attention from private citizens, including threats of bodily harm,” she says.
The reality star has been embroiled in a legal battle since February, when, while still known as “Bruce,” she was involved in a car crash on the Pacific Coast Highway that killed a woman, Kim Howe. Howe’s stepchildren filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jenner, and prosecutors may charge her with manslaughter.
“I remember it very little, I remember it happening and that’s about it,” she told Today‘s Matt Lauer in an interview last week. “A tragedy like this, you’ll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can.”
She also said she fears being put in a men’s prison: “The media wants that picture, don’t they. That is the worst case scenario. I will say the men’s county jail, it is an enormous problem that they would put trans women in a men’s county jail.”
“It has been an amazing journey, and I’m seeing all of it come true,” she told the crowd. “I’m in a great place in life and, for the first time, I feel like I fit in some place. Being my authentic self. Thank you.”