Nikita Dragun, a trans influencer, was arrested earlier this week. It has been said that she was put in a men’s jail, even though she is legally a woman.
Jack Ketsoyan from Full Scope Public Relations, who represents the 26-year-old, told Rolling Stone that the whole thing was “extremely disturbing and dangerous.”
“The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men’s unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous,” he said. “This decision made by the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department directly violates their protocol, which mandates that transgender inmates are classified and housed based on safety needs and gender identity.”
According to TMZ, Dragun was first arrested on Monday and taken to Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for causing trouble at The Goodtime Hotel.
According to the affidavit, which was seen by several news organizations, police officers responded to reports of “disorderly conduct,” which included playing loud music and swinging open water bottles at hotel staff, security, and the police.
She was then arrested on charges of felony assault, felony battery, and felony disorderly conduct.
Once at the detention center, the social media star, who has 9 million followers on Instagram, was reportedly taken to the men’s section. On the affidavit, she was also called a “male” and referred to as “he/him.”
Dragun later fixed this mistake when Judge Mindy S. Glazer asked her what she wanted to be called, and she said “she and her.”
She also went on to ask: “Your honor, may I ask one question? Do I have to stay here in the men’s unit still?”
The judge replies that she doesn’t “make the rules up there,” but she tells Dragun that “there should be proper accommodations for you.”
The video was posted to TikTok by NBC South Florida, and since then, over 2.4 million people have watched it.
After Ketsoyan said that Dragun was put in jail for men, the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department told Insider that it was “committed to protecting the rights of the transgender community and of all LGBTQ people.”
“Inmate Dragun never made it beyond the booking process prior to release; therefore, she was never placed in a men’s unit. All inmates undergoing our intake process remain in an open seating (open booking) area, in the presence of correctional staff,” the statement read. “Additionally, inmate Dragun was placed in a holding cell by herself due to her high profile status before being released, and she was escorted by an LGBTQ officer during her time at the corrections facility.”
Now, we know for sure that Dragun has been “let out of jail” and is safe.
Since then, she has been kicked out of The Goodtime Hotel and given a court date for her crimes.