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Transgender Activist Caught on Camera Allegedly Assaulting Reporter Over a Simple Question

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Male-to-female transgender and self-described “human rights advocate” Jessica Yaniv simply cannot seem to avoid hot water these days.

Having earned no shortage of undue fame last year suing immigrant female estheticians for discrimination over their refusal to wax his very male genitals, Yaniv was back in the news this week, forced to appear at a British Columbia Provincial Court for arraignment on prohibited weapons charges, The Post Millennial reported.

The infamous transgender troublemaker did himself no favors, either, allegedly assaulting camera-wielding reporter Keean Bexte of The Rebel Media while exiting the courthouse Monday.

“J. Yaniv just punched me in the back of the head,” Bexte tweeted, providing video of the incident. “Just spoke to police. Luckily there are two security cameras directly overhead at the courthouse. I need an advil.”

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According to Bexte’s running account of the incident on Twitter, the reporter was nearly removed from the courthouse earlier in the morning by local law enforcement over refusal to comply with requests he not “bother” Yaniv with questions.

Law enforcement reportedly also suspected Bexte of having taken photos within the courthouse, an impermissible action Bexte denies.

The alleged assault, however, took place shortly thereafter as the reporter attempted to interview Yaniv outside, asking once again at a distance, “Will you be pleading guilty?”

It is then that video reveals Yaniv chasing after Bexte, reaching for the reporter’s camera and seeming to jostle with him for a moment.

“Get away from me! Get away!” Yaniv yells, still following the reporter. “Get the f— away from me!”

The video also shows Yaniv telling Bexte he doesn’t “give a s—” whether the police are called over the alleged assault — an unsurprising premise considering this is not the only time assault allegations have been leveled against the self-described “social justice warrior.”

Similar video surfaced last August revealing an alleged assault on another reporter for The Rebel Media, this time carried out by Yaniv and his mother following questions about potential inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor.

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No charges seem to have been pressed at the time, but Yaniv’s current prohibited weapons predicament does stem from the same month, in which the transgender activist was arrested for brandishing a taser on YouTube livestream, announcing he was fully aware of the weapon’s illegality.

The activist currently faces up to six months in prison as a result of that incident.

Yaniv tweeted in defense of the unladylike behavior.

“A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do,” he wrote.

The Western Journal has reached out to Jessica Yaniv for comment but has not yet received a response. We will update this article if and when we do.

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Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal. Having joined up as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, he went on to cover the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for the outlet, regularly co-hosting its video podcast, "WJ Live," as well.
Andrew J. Sciascia was the supervising editor of features at The Western Journal and regularly co-hosted the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."

Sciascia first joined up with The Western Journal as a regular contributor of opinion in 2018, before graduating with a degree in criminal justice and political science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, where he served as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and worked briefly as a political operative with the Massachusetts Republican Party.

He covered the Barrett confirmation and 2020 presidential election for The Western Journal. His work has also appeared in The Daily Caller.




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