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Trans influencer Nikita Dragun placed in men's jail after arrest … – USA TODAY


Nikita Dragun, a transgender beauty influencer, was arrested in Florida Monday night and released Wednesday after being placed in a men’s jail.
Dragun, 26, was arrested at The Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach on charges of battery of a police officer, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by USA TODAY Wednesday.
The affidavit states that police responded to a report that a woman was “causing a disturbance and being extremely disorderly within the establishment,” including walking around the hotel’s pool area unclothed.
Dragun was informed by the hotel’s security personnel that her behavior was not allowed, per the affidavit, but she did not alter her conduct. The social media star also allegedly “intentionally threw water at a staff member.”
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Upon arriving at the scene, officers accompanied hotel security to Dragun’s room, where loud music was playing. The security guard told Dragun that her actions “needed to stop,” at the risk of being asked to “leave the property.”
It was during this encounter that Dragun assaulted security and police with a water bottle, according to the affidavit.
“The defendant closed the door on officers, and in a short time, opens it again and tells the security guard, ‘Do you want more?’ and proceeds to swing an open water bottle, causing the water to hit and spill on both the security guard Mr. Bazile and Officer Gonzalez.”
Following the assault, Dragun was “immediately placed into custody by officers” and subsequently transferred to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center for additional booking. Dragun was placed in a men’s jail unit while in custody, said Jack Ketsoyan, a representative for Dragun.
“The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men’s unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous,” said Ketsoyan in a statement to USA TODAY Wednesday. “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.”
The affidavit notes that Dragun “appears as a female but would like to be recognized as a male.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for comment.
Ketsoyan said Dragun was released from police custody Wednesday morning and “is now safe.”
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