Trans YouTuber Nikita Dragun arrested, then placed in men’s unit of Florida jail and misgendered in filings

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NIKITA DRAGUN: Image TMZ

Trans YouTuber Nikita Dragun arrested and placed in the men’s unit of a Florida jail

 

NIKITA DRAGUN mugshot
NIKITA DRAGUN: Image TMZ

 

It has since emerged that Dragun, who is trans and a woman, was held in a men’s unit of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami following the incident. Additionally, she was misgendered on filings and documented with an ‘M’ marker.

Florida law states that trans inmates should be placed in gender-special prisons on a case-by-case basis.

 

In a hearing ahead of her release, the social media personality was asked by Judge Mindy Glazer how she would like to be referred, to which she replied “she/her, please”.

 

Dragun’s arrest on November 7 came after the influencer allegedly caused a disturbance at the Maimi hotel and walked around its pool naked.

Dragun faces charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony battery of a law enforcement officer.

Nikita Dragun
LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 04: Nikita Dragun attends Patrick Ta Beauty Launch on April 4, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Patrick Ta Beauty)

 

Following the influencer’s arrest, her representatives have since spoken about how she was treated while detained by authorities.

“The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men’s unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous,” her publicist Jack Ketsoyan said in a statement to E! News.

“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. Nikita has been released and is now safe. Thank you for respecting her privacy during this time.”