Transgender internet personality Christine Weston Chandler – better known online as “Chris Chan” – repeatedly corrected a judge about using misgendered pronouns, stamped his feet and demanded that he be given back his toys, and loudly declared “I’m famous on the internet” during court proceedings which ended with him being denied bail.
Charlottesville, Virginia-based newspaper The Daily Progress reported on Thursday that Chandler, 39, was denied bail by Judge David M. Barredo, who was asked by Greene Commonwealth’s Attorney Edwin Consolvo to hold Chandler without bond because he was “concerned about the community’s safety and Ms. Chandler’s safety.” Chandler was charged with the class 5 felony of incest, which can result in a prison sentence of between one and 10 years and a $2,500 fine.
During the proceedings, Chandler repeatedly demanded to be addressed with a female pronoun, interrupting the judge’s reading from relevant criminal statutes to shout “she” when Barredo referenced “whether a defendant is likely to appear at trial and if the defendant constitutes an unreasonable danger to himself, his family or his community.”
Chandler also reportedly yelled, “I’m famous on the internet,” and demanded to be allowed “to get everything back home” because “I won’t feel safe proceeding until” the state transports all of his possessions – presumably including his prized Sonichu medallion – to his new temporary living quarters at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange County. Chandler’s demands to be allowed access to his toy collection were reportedly accompanied by him loudly stomping his feet on the floor.
The transgender activist and internet personality was arrested last week after leaked audio recordings reportedly showed Chandler admitting to sexually molesting his 80-year-old mother Barb Chandler, who is cognitively disabled and suffers from dementia, “every third night” for almost an entire month.
Chandler’s arrest was filmed exclusively by Killstream podcast host Ethan Ralph on Sunday.