Many news outlets said that Nikita Dragun, a trans influencer, was held in a men's jail after getting arrested in Miami Beach.
Later, Jack Ketsoyan, Nikita's publicity rep, reported that the influencer was safe after being released. The agent said that what Nikita had gone through was "extremely disturbing:"
"The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men's unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous."
The rep said that the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department violated its protocol in the way it treated Nikita. According to their policy, they should hold transgender inmates about their gender identity and safety needs.
However, Miami-Dade Mayor's office released a statement that denied the version of events reported by Nikita's rep. According to them, the influencer did not get beyond the booking process, which means Nikita was never put in a "men's unit."
They claimed that Nikita had been put in a holding cell "Due to her high profile status."
Earlier in the week, Nikita was reportedly seen walking in the nude around the pool area at the Goodtime Hotel. The authorities were called regarding a "disorderly patron.
After the staff at the hotel tried to confront Nikita, she responded by throwing water at them. She had a similar attitude when the police later arrived.
She threw a water bottle in their direction and spilled water on the officers and staff.
Nikita faced charges of felony battery of a police officer, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She could face a minimum of five years behind bars.
She was reportedly booked at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County, but it's not clear if she has been freed.
The facility was in the news earlier in the year after three trans detained there claimed to have faced abuse due to their gender. Allegedly, the three were strip-searched, misgendered, and put in solitary confinement.
According to reports, Miami-Dade County has since settled the matter with the plaintiffs.
Nikita's treatment is similar to the treatment the three trans inmates got while there.
A tweet from what might be a hearing between Nikita and a judge involves an exchange in which the judge tells her "I don't make the rules up there" after she asked if she still had to be held in the men's unit.
Nikita is certainly a controversial influencer who has angered a lot of people. She has faced accusations of anti-Blackness, but she or other trans still don't deserve the treatment she got.
Earlier this year, she spoke about getting diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Studies have shown that people struggling with such mental issues are more likely to end up in prison than average people.
Additionally, being thrown into prison negatively affects a person's mental health, and it can make bipolar disorder worse.