- YouTuber Nikita Dragon said she was forcibly detained in a Virginia psychiatric hospital.
- In a series of Instagram posts, she said she was picked up by Virginia police on Thanksgiving Day.
- Dragon said she shares her struggles to feel “less lonely”.
Nikita Dragon, a Beauty YouTuber, said she was taken to a psychiatric hospital where she was involuntarily held for eight days, according to data posted on her Instagram on December 13.
Dragun posted a series of stories on Instagram and a collection of photos and videos from 10 posts as well as a lengthy comment in which she said she “was kicked out on Thanksgiving Day” and “walked the streets” before she was arrested by police and hospitalized.
“I was involuntarily admitted to a behavioral mental health hospital,” she wrote on Instagram. “I was sedated so intensely that I couldn’t even keep my eyes open for days.” It did not specify which facility in its letter but posted a photo of the Riverside Center for Behavioral Health in Virginia, which did not immediately respond to an Insider’s request for comment.
The 25-year-old influencer joined YouTube in 2013 to post beauty videos and tutorials, and in 2015, she came out as transgender. To date, she has 3.6 million subscribers, her own brand Dragun Beauty, and has filmed two seasons of the reality series on Snapchat. She has also succeeded in growing her audience on Instagram and TikTok, where she has 9 million and 14.2 million followers, respectively, and is currently a member of Hype House, a group of TikTok creators starring in an upcoming Netflix show.
In her main Instagram post about the incident, Dragon said she was detained during a trip to Virginia by order of a judge, which is normally granted when a person is found to be unable to make informed decisions regarding medical treatment and has a “serious illness” or injury likely to result in death, disability or serious irreversible injury.”
In an accompanying Instagram story that is no longer publicly available, she said she was hospitalized for eight days.
Dragon said the incident occurred when police arrested her while she was walking outside, wearing “sheer stripper heels” in the cold. Virginia State Police declined to comment on the incident because the post did not identify the police department or mayor’s office involved.
She added that she had been seeking mental health support in the previous months, and told her followers she wanted to share her story because she wanted to be “seen and heard”.
In a follow-up series to Instagram Stories posted on December 14, Dragun said she was “nowhere near a clear mind” when she posted about the incident and was “dazed and bewildered” but said she wanted to share her experience so she could feel less alone. . She said she was “still thinking” about what happened, but would share more details “when the time is right.”
She added, “There is absolutely no shame in confronting your suffering with your mental health. I hope you know that you are not alone.”
Dragun has since posted irrelevant content on Instagram and TikTok, indicating that she is no longer in the hospital.
Dragon, who is of Vietnamese and Mexican descent, is a well-known and controversial figure in the influencer community. She has been accused of black poaching by artificially darkening her skin and the cultural customization of wearing her hair in box braids – a hairstyle typically worn by black women. She also faced backlash for Defending fellow cosmetic expert James Charles In the midst of his scandals, he was accused of irresponsible partying during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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