A Canadian transgender activist who went viral earlier in the week for punching a reporter has now accused a female journalist of sexual assault.
Jessica Yaniv tweeted on Wednesday that she was “upset” and felt “dirty and disgusting,” before accusing Amy Eileen Hamm, a reporter for right-leaning news outlet The Post Millennial, of sexual assault.
According to Yaniv’s tweet, Hamm “sexually assaulted” her on Monday at a British Columbia courthouse.
Yaniv claimed British Columbia law enforcement “did NOTHING!”
“They are investigating that, but put this B—H behind bars. She HURTS PEOPLE and the #LGBTQ. Yes I am absolutely furious!” Yaniv tweeted.
I'm upset. I feel dirty and disgusting. @preta_6 sexually assaulted me on Monday AT THE SURREY @BCProvCourt, and @SurreyRCMP and @BCSheriffs did NOTHING!! They are investigating that, but put this BITCH behind bars. She HURTS PEOPLE and the #LGBTQ Yes I am absolutely furious!
— Jessica Yaniv (@trustednerd) January 16, 2020
On Monday Yaniv assaulted Keean Bexte, a reporter for right-wing Canadian outlet Rebel News, outside the same British Columbia courthouse where she claims to have been the victim of sexual abuse.
Footage of the incident went viral.
Keean Bexte approached Yaniv with a camera as she left the Surrey Laws Court, where she faced two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon violating the Firearms Act. Bexte asked Yaniv if she would be pleading guilty to the charges, and she immediately charged at him.
Bexte posted the footage to Twitter Monday evening, saying, “J. Yaniv just punched me in the back of the head. Just spoke to police. Luckily there are two security cameras directly overhead at the courthouse. I need an advil.”
According to The Post Millennial, Yaniv had successfully petitioned to have Bexte removed from the courtroom before the hearing. But the judge rejected Yaniv’s request for a media blackout of the trial.
“There is no power in the criminal code for me to do that. I am rejecting your application.” Justice Mark Jette said.
Hamm reported that Yaniv also falsely accused her photographing her in the courthouse women’s restroom. Hamm said police searched her phone for images but found none.
“He yelled at me that he was going to charge me with ‘voyeurism,’” said Hamm, referring to Yaniv by male pronouns in accordance with her biological sex. “I was also verbally harassed by Yaniv’s mother, Miriam.”
Yaniv told the judge she was “in-between lawyers” and needed more time to prepare her defense, Hamm reported. Jette set a new court date for Feb. 10.
Yaniv was arrested in August after Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided her home near Vancouver. She told the National Post at the time that the raid was triggered by her brandishing of a taser during a YouTube debate with fellow transgender activist Blaire White. Yaniv acknowledged in the video that her possession of the weapon is illegal, and at one point demonstrated its functionality.