POLICE apprehended a popular beauty YouTuber following accusations of assault.
Nikita Dragon, who has garnered a huge following on social media, was arrested on November, 7, 2022 in relation to the reported incident.
Why was Nikita Dragun arrested?
The 26-year-old influencer was allegedly causing a disturbance in the hotel, per the affidavit.
She was “causing a disturbance and being extremely disorderly” and “walking around the pool area unclothed.”
When the police arrived at Nikita’s hotel room, they were greeted with loud music.
Once Nikita was told she may be kicked out from the hotel for disturbance, she closed the door and then opened a water bottle facing the police officers and hotel staff members, “causing the water to hit and spill on” them, per NBC News.
Is Nikita Dragun in jail?
Due to her actions, Nikita was arrested for felony assault, on top of misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges.
She was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and her bond was set at $2,000.
But according to Rolling Stone, Nikita, who is transgender and legally female, was placed in a men’s unit following her arrest.
A court document obtained by the outlet suggested she was listed as a male on her booking paperwork.
The decision was met with furore from the LGBT community after an emotional video of her plea hearing circulated online.
“The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men’s unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous,” Dragun’s rep told the outlet.
“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.”
He later added: “Nikita has been released and is now safe. Thank you for respecting her privacy during this time.”
Who is Nikita Dragun?
Her career began in February 2013, after she landed several small brand deals.
She eventually moved out of her family home and settled in Los Angeles.
It was then that Nikita began to pave the way for other YouTube stars – such as NikkieTutorials – by coming out as a transgender woman in a video posted to the platform on December 28, 2015.
Aside from her YouTube, she announced the launch of her own make-up line in March 2019, named Dragun Beauty.
The cosmetic line, which features vegan and cruelty-free products, is also targeted at the transgender community.
She has also turned to music and released several singles and videos since 2018.