Influencer Nikita Dragun arrested at Miami hotel, charged with assault and battery

Influencer Nikita Dragun arrested at Miami hotel, charged with assault and battery

Influencer Nikita Dragun was arrested Monday night at a Miami hotel and charged with felony assault on a police officer, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

Dragun, 26, who is transgender and well-known online for her content about her transition, makeup and style, has 27 million subscribers on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.

Its representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Over the past week, Dragun has been posting videos and photos of herself in Miami, including at the Goodtime Hotel in Miami Beach. It was there that officers responded to a call about a disorderly customer just after 6 p.m. Monday, according to the arrest affidavit provided to NBC News.

The affidavit says hotel security told officers she had “caused a disturbance and was extremely disorderly,” including “walking around the pool with no clothes on.” When confronted, the security guard told police, Dragun threw water at a hotel staff member.

When officers went to Dragun’s hotel room, they could hear loud music inside, according to the affidavit. After knocking and identifying herself as Miami Beach Police, according to the affidavit, she opened the door and was told by hotel security accompanying officers that she could be escorted off the property. Dragun closed the door before opening it again and asking “Do you want more?” She then swung an open bottle of water towards the officers and staff, “causing the water to hit and spill” at the security guard and one of the officers, according to the affidavit.

Dragun was arrested for assault, as well as assault and battery and disorderly conduct, according to the affidavit. She was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where she was booked just before 10 p.m., according to her inmate profile for her. The profile says his bond has been set at $2,000.

Dragun has publicly struggled with his mental health over the past year. In December, she shared on Instagram that she had been committed against her will to a psychiatric hospital in Virginia for eight days beginning on Thanksgiving Day. In a YouTube video in May that has since been deleted from her channel, she said she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Hours before the arrest, Dragun tweeted about a separate altercation with Miami-based DJ and producer duo Black V Neck. The musicians told NBC News in a direct message that the altercation happened Saturday night at LIV, a Miami nightclub that attracts celebrities, after Black V Neck performed there with DJ Afrojack. On Sunday, Black V Neck tweeted that Dragun pushed one of them after telling him not to steal their liquor bottle.

Dragun replied that she was “escorted” from the venue by six security guards after seeing Black V Neck pushing a woman, which Black V Neck said was untrue both in a tweet and in a direct message to NBC News.

“At the end of the line. I see a man put his hand on a woman. please ‘call the cops.’ Because you need to forget. i know i look like a doll on the outside but i still punch like a dude,” Dragun tweeted early Monday. She was arrested later that day, according to the affidavit.

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