WATCH: Jessica Yaniv assaults journalist outside of court
Jessica Yaniv is no stranger to violating other people’s rights, but the scene outside of the Surrey Law Courts was shocking as Yaniv was caught on camera violently assaulting Rebel Media reporter Keean Bexte.
Leaving the courthouse after appearing on prohibited weapons charges, Bexte is recording from a distance that appears to be well over fifteen feet. He asks Yaniv whether the trans activist will be pleading guilty, but is stopped short as Yaniv rapidly approaches and begins swiping at him with an outstretched arm.
Yaniv is heard shouting “Go! Go!” to the reporter, and despite Bexte’s rapid retreat, Yaniv continues to pursue, appearing to grab the reporter’s microphone. An off-screen scuffle ensues, with a brief frame catching Yaniv seeming to violently club Bexte over the head. Bexte is heard groaning in pain and for Yaniv to stop the assault.
When the camera reorients, Yaniv continues to chase Bexte, demanding he “go away from me!”
In the tweet attached to the video, Bexte states that Yaniv “punched me in the back of the head” and that he “[needed] an Advil.”
The Rebel Media reporter noted that there are multiple security cameras that may have caught the altercation and that he had spoken to police.
“Following Yaniv’s court appearance at the courthouse in Surrey I approached him outside – where filming was allowed. I had one question. I wanted to know if he would be pleading guilty or not. Within several seconds, Yaniv charged me and punched the back of my head while holding me down. Police have been reluctant to charge him before, and so I’m speaking to legal council to figure out my options to make sure this menace sees justice,” Bexte told The Post Millennial.
Bexte had been banned from reporting from inside the courtroom today where Yaniv had been appearing, with courthouse police capitulating to Yaniv’s demands to have him barred. Previously, Yaniv had also successfully demanded citizen journalist Donald Smith be prevented from entering the courthouse.
Earlier this evening, Yaniv confronted The Post Millennial’s Amy Eileen Hamm, falsely accusing her of taking photographs of Yaniv in the women’s washroom. The police searched Hamm’s phone at Yaniv’s request, finding none of the claimed photos.
Jessica Yaniv appeared at the Surrey Courthouse today to advance a private prosecution against Donald Francis Smith, an intellectually disabled citizen journalist Yaniv has accused of various charges of impropriety.
Yaniv’s prosecution appeared as “restricted access,” giving no information on the prosecution, its date, or its time of hearing—but a clerk at the Surrey Courthouse accidentally revealed the information to The Post Millennial when we inquired about why the listing’s information had been withheld from the public.
The private prosecution had been flaunted by the serial litigant on Twitter, with Yaniv mocking Smith, an intellectually disabled man living on social assistance, on its filing multiple times.
Yaniv’s history with Smith began when Smith took interest in Yaniv’s case along with the rest of the country—after Yaniv’s sordid history with minors was revealed by The Post Millennial. Smith ran a small YouTube channel and would provide social commentary on breaking news. During a livestream in August of 2019, Smith called Yaniv and demanded Yaniv cease calling his phone, and Yaniv threatened to murder Smith in response.
The tension between the two only escalated from there, with Yaniv routinely launching accusations at Smith via Twitter. At one point, Yaniv accused Smith of calling Yaniv from a blocked-ID number repeatedly, but a preliminary review of records from Smith’s primary phone number—one he claimed was his only phone—demonstrated no more than five calls were made to Yaniv during a four-month time period.
In November of 2019, Jessica Yaniv filed multiple copyright strikes against Smith’s Youtube channel, causing it to be banned from Youtube. The copyright process required Yaniv to sign a contract with Youtube stating that Yaniv had ownership of the content on Smith’s channel, all of which were videos Smith took himself. YouTube does not arbitrate copyright claims, and instead uses the contractual agreement to mitigate any legal responsibility, assigning it to the parties involved.
Shortly after, Yaniv doxxed Smith—revealing his personal home address. The tweet was mass-reported by concerned Twitter users and subsequently deleted.
In December, it was verified that Yaniv sent Donald Smith a threatening email similar to the verbal death-threat made in August of 2019. In the email, Yaniv threatens Smith, and says “prepare to be murdered you piece of human shit.”
Additional disturbing emails were sent to Smith during this time period from emails purported to belong to Jessica Yaniv.
On December 31, 2019, Donald Smith was arrested. This followed a campaign of Jessica Yaniv demanding that police take action against him for “harassment” amongst other accusations, the validity of which can not be verified. Smith was released on February 5, 2020, and is considering pursuing legal action against Jessica Yaniv with the assistance of Kari Simpson of Culture Guard.
Smith’s plans to act on legal grievances come as Keean Bexte and David Menzies of the Rebel News both finalized their legal submissions against Jessica Yaniv, the two seeking $35,000 for multiple assaults endured at different points in time. Likewise, Amy Eileen Hamm, a feminist activist and reporter has moved to serve Yaniv with a civil suit for defamation after Yaniv claimed Hamm “sexually assaulted” Yaniv in the restroom of the Surrey Courthouse on January 13, 2020.
Investigations are being conducted by the Regina Police Service regarding seven cases involving property damage.
Co-op refinery spokesperson, Brad DeLorey has confirmed that each of the seven homes are owned by Co-op Refinery managers.
“We will take all necessary actions to protect our people and their families,” said DeLorey.
CTV News has reported that the Regina Police Service believes the incidents are linked to a labour dispute at the company.
The vandalism comes just weeks after the president of Unifor, Jerry Dias, was arrested by Regina police on the picketing lines outside of the Co-op Refinery.
Police have said that they received reports of the incidents on Feb. 4 and 5 but added that they could have taken place as far back as Jan. 30.
The property damage took place at the addresses listed below:
- 3600 block Hazel Grove
- 1600 N. Fenwick Cres.
- 3800 E. Thames Rd.
- 1600 N. Violet Cres
- 4600 Sherlock Dr.
- 5500 Blake Cres.
- 0-99 block Wesley Rd.
If you have additional information you can contact Regina police at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
Richard Maidment—also referred to as Richard MacNeil—has been granted partial freedom after being found not criminally responsible for committing murder “on account of mental disorder.”
A friend of the woman he killed told CTV News that she is sickened by the extra freedom that has been granted.
On Monday, Kim Murphy said “I’m really disgusted with the courts. I don’t believe in the law anymore.”
Maidment killed his partner, Sarabeth Forbes, at their home on April 18, 2017 in Gardiner Mines, N.S. Sarabeth was 33-years-old.
The two had been together in a common-law relationship for a decade and had a son.
In 2012 Maidment was diagnosed with schizophrenia causing the judge to find him not criminally responsible for her death.
Maidment’s previous conditions allowed him to be at home for six days during the week while spending one day at the East Coast Forensic Hospital located in Dartmouth.
The Nova Scotia Criminal Code Review Board allowed a conditional discharge for Maidment on Monday. The new conditions allow Maidment to live freely in his community as long as the East Coast Forensic Hospital is overseeing him.
“He no longer has to reside in the hospital, he can go home on a full-time basis,” said Dr. Scott Theriault, who is a psychiatrist at the hospital.
“But that he’s still subject to overview of the hospital, so we would make sure that he maintains his medication, that he maintains his good mental health, that he follows the direction of the board in terms of who he can have contact with, who he can’t have contact with.”
According to Theriault, the board looks into the progress that the patient has made in the past year in order to come to a decision. A report is filed by the hospital and then a recommendation is made to the board who then makes a decision.
Murphy says the court’s decision has made her feel “disgusted” and “hurt.”
“We did everything we could. We spoke to every meeting and I guess I was unheard,” Murphy told CTV News. “It’s too soon for that kind of decision, but the panel makes the decision based on Richie, not the family that he has hurt.”
Murphy noted that she recognizes Maidment’s sickness but thinks more treatment is needed.
“To send him out in the public this soon after what he did, I don’t think it’s a very good idea,” said Murphy. “From this point on we have to try to avoid him and basically not go anywhere on our own and keep our doors locked because we don’t know what he’s capable of doing.”
Theriault noted that the Criminal Code Review Board said Maidment “remains a significant risk to the public” but noted he was responding well to the medication.
Theriault said, “He has to have ongoing oversight and so our job now is to monitor him in the community, make sure that his risk is managed. Because of the nature of the illness that he has, the best way to do that is making sure that his illness remains stable.”
“So that’s why he needs solid psychiatric and mental health follow-up on an ongoing basis, to manage that risk in the community, and if there’s a relapse in illness that we can pick it up early and manage it before it becomes problematic.”
Though Maidment has to take his medication and do check in with mental health services, Murphy does not feel comfortable with the fact that he will be living full-time in Cape Breton.
She said, “I would like for Richie to be put out of Cape Breton. I would like to see him get more care that he needs and stop babying him.”
There was more anger around Maidment last month when he was given all of Forbes’ life insurance policy. He was granted the policy because he wasn’t found criminally responsible for the murder and was the policy beneficiary.
One man is in serious condition following an axe attack in Saskatoon.
Police say an axe-wielding man attacked the 27-year-old man Sunday at around 2 a.m., when they were called to St. Paul’s Hospital with reports of a man seeking treatment following the incident.
The victim was reportedly walking down 22nd Street West in Saskatoon when he encountered a man acting strangely, as if he were under the influence of a drug. The suspect then began assaulting the man with an axe, the man says.
The suspect is described as a six-foot-tall man, between the ages of 25 and 30. He was wearing a black Adidas jacket, dark jeans, a black shirt with white lettering, and was wearing glasses.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.