Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department has denied transgender YouTuber Nikita Dragun’s claims she was placed in a men’s prison following her arrest for walking naked around a Miami hotel.
Dragun, 26 – who identifies as female – was staying at The Goodtime Hotel when police responded to a report of a person being ‘extremely disorderly’ and ‘causing a disturbance’ at the hotel on Monday.
Staff at the Miami hotel said Dragun had been walking around the pool area naked, and when officers arrived she doused them with water. She was arrested and charged with felony battery on a police officer.
Denied: Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department has denied transgender YouTuber Nikita Dragun’s claims she was placed in a men’s prison following her arrest
Dragun was then sent to the men’s unit at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center – a decision blasted as ‘disturbing and dangerous’ – before being released without bail on Wednesday.
Despite footage of a sobbing Dragun’s bail hearing on Tuesday in which she was told she would remain in a men’s prison, the jail says the star ‘never made it beyond the bookings process’ at the unit, while voicing its commitment to ‘protecting the rights of the transgender community. ‘
A Miami-Dade Corrections representative told TMZ: ‘Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) is committed to protecting the rights of the transgender community and of all LGBTQ people.
‘MDCR has procedures in place for the appropriate intake, housing, and medical needs of transgender inmates, and we are committed to ensuring that all inmates in our custody, including transgender persons, are treated appropriately throughout our intake, classification and placement process.”
Incident: The star – real name Nikita Nguyen, was staying at the Goodtime Hotel in Miami on Monday when police responded to a report of a person being ‘extremely disorderly’ and ‘causing a disturbance’ at the hotel
‘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.
‘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.’
Representatives for Dragun previously voiced their grievances about the imprisonment decision in a statement.
‘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 Jack Ketsoyan.
‘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,’ he added.
Footage from Dragun’s bail hearing showed the Instagrammer – who was born male but is legally female – asking Judge Mindy Glazer whether she could be moved to a different unit.
Dragun was then sent to the men’s unit at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center before being released without bail on Wednesday – the prison has denied she ever made it past the booking process
The star is pictured blowing a kiss at the camera as she appeared at her bail hearing on Tuesday
Glazer said she couldn’t accommodate the request, noting ‘I don’t make the rules,’ before saying that the prison should have placed Drugan in a separate area inside the unit.
Despite the complaints, Dragun’s arrest affidavit lists her as having requested to be recognized as a male, according to NBC News.
Dugan could be seen broadcasting into her bail hearing on Tuesday afternoon wearing a red prison uniform.
As Judge Glazer listed off the parameters of her bond, Dugan asked about her prison accommodations.
‘Your honor may I ask one question,’ Drugan said. ‘May I, do I have to stay here in the men’s unit still?’
‘Yeah I don’t make the rules up there,’ said Judge Mindy Glazer. ‘But they should be making a proper accommodation for you, you should be in a separate area.’
At the end of the hearing, which saw Dragun broadcasting in remotely, the influencer blew the camera a kiss.
Despite Dragun’s legal status as a female, her arrest affidavit said she wanted to be ‘recognized as a male.’
‘[Dragun] appears as a female but would like to be recognized as a male,’ the affidavit read, according to NBC News.
Dragun was locked up after staff at The Goodtime Hotel called police to report a person being ‘extremely disorderly’ and ‘causing a disturbance’
It also said she used male ‘he’ and ‘him’ pronouns – despite her using female pronouns for several years.
Dragun’s prison profile lists her as a male despite her legal status as a female.
Her arrest affidavit showed that Dragun was arrested after hotel staff complained of her walking around public hotel spaces ‘unclothed,’ and that she threw water at hotel staff.
Police are said to have accompanied security to her room where loud music was playing, with security telling the star she needed to stop her behavior or leave the hotel.
Dragun is then said to have slammed the door in their faces, before opening the door again shortly afterwards and asking security: ‘Do you want more?’
She then allegedly swung an open water bottle at officers and hotel security ‘causing the water to hit and spill on.’
The star was booked at Miami-Dade County’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $5,000 bond, but was later released recognizance
‘Disturbing and dangerous’: Representatives for Dragun previously voiced their grievances about the imprisonment decision in a statement