Caitlyn Jenner (AP/Chris Pizzello)

Caitlyn Jenner's fear: Being sentenced to a men’s prison over fatal LA crash would be "the worst case scenario"

She spoke with Matt Lauer about her transition and her legal troubles in a new Today Show interview


Anna Silman
September 9, 2015 7:35PM (UTC)

On the Today Show this morning, Caitlyn Jenner and Matt Lauer played a round of golf and talked candidly about Jenner's recent transition, as well as her ongoing legal troubles after being involved in a fatal car accident last February.

Saying that she doesn’t miss living as the “ultimate male” Bruce Jenner, Jenner said she was enjoying her post-transition life. "I think about my life — and where I'm at in my life right now. What a tremendous experience this is. Hardly nobody gets to live two genders in their life," she explained. "Everybody wonders, 'Oh, what's it like to be coming from the other side? You know, their thinking, the way they act, everything?' And here I have the opportunity to do that. And to be honest with you, everything's so new and fun. From that standpoint, it's been great.”

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"Theres nothing better in life than to wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and be comfortable with yourself and who you are," she continued.

Addressing her receipt of the ESPY Arthur Ashe Courage Award earlier this year, Jenner said she never asked to be rewarded for her bravery. "I didn't ask for it. They gave me the award," Jenner explained. "Did it take a lot of courage to come out? Absolutely. Did I have tremendous respect for Arthur Ashe and that award? Absolutely. And I'm very honored to have them award that to me, not just to me but this entire community. So I'm very pleased the way it turned out."

Jenner also spoke out about her involvement in February's deadly L.A. highway crash, which left one woman dead and could lead to Jenner facing a misdemeanor manslaughter charge.

"I remember it very little, I remember it happening and that's about it,” she said. "A tragedy like this, you'll never get over it. You just learn to live with it the best you possibly can.”

While she was fairly tight-lipped about the incident due to the ongoing legal situation, she denied being over the speed limit when the crash occurred. Investigators have acknowledged that Jenner was not over the speed limit, although she may have been driving at an unsafe speed given the wet road conditions. "I was under the speed limit, I was going 46 in a 50 – my air bag didn't even go off," she explained.

Jenner also expressed her concerns about being placed in men’s county jail should she end up getting sentenced. "The media wants that picture, don't they?" she said. "That is the worst case scenario. I don’t know, we’ll see. The men’s county jail. That’s the scary part. It is an enormous problem that they would put trans women in a men’s county jail.”

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Watch more of Jenner's interview with Matt Lauer below:


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