A transgender YouTuber charged with raping her elderly dementia-stricken mom bragged, ‘I’m famous on the internet,’ and snapped at a judge for using the wrong pronoun as she was denied bail at a bond hearing on Thursday.
Christine Chandler, 39, known as Chris Chan on YouTube, also stomped her feet and demanded to be taken home during a hearing at the Green County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court in Virginia.
Chandler had interrupted the court proceedings to correct the Judge David Barredo after Barredo used the pronoun ‘he’ instead of ‘she’ to refer to Chandler.
The judge stated that he was merely reading the records as they were presented to him, The Daily Progress reports.
At the hearing, Chandler was ultimately denied bond and was sent back to Central Virginia Regional Jail where she is held alongside 59 other detainees.
Custody records showed this week Chandler was identified as female by police.
But Central Virginia Regional Jail’s Captain Hoffman told Insider that the jail has categorized Chandler as male, with her gender being changed on the custody request system on Thursday morning.
‘I’ve had an interaction with inmate Chandler and it’s been fine,’ Hoffman told Insider.
Chandler was arrested Tuesday and charged with count of incest, which is punishable by up to 12 years in prison.
YouTuber Christine Chandler, 39, has been arrested in Virginia on an incest charge involving her 79-year-old mother, who allegedly has dementia
Chandler shot to internet fame after creating a character called Sonichu – a cross between Sonic the Hedgehog and Pikachu – but now faces ruin over the horrific incest rape allegations
Chandler is biologically male but came out as a transgender woman at the end of 2014.
Chandler is best known for creating the comic series characters Sonichu, which is a cross between Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog, and its love interest, Rosechu. Her YouTube channel has more than 50,000 subscribers.
Her popularity skyrocketed outside her own channel following an in-depth documentary into her life in 2016, which caused her to be dubbed ‘the most documented person in internet history,’ Insider reports.
The 59-part documentary ‘Chris Chan: A Comprehensive History’ details the YouTuber’s suffering at the hands of Internet trolls who for years, which reached its peak between 2008 and 2011.
Chandler’s arrest came just days after a phone call was leaked on an instant messaging platform, on which a person believed to Chandler seemingly admitted to having sex with her elderly mother, who is believed to have dementia.
Custody records showed this week Chandler was identified as female by police. But Central Virginia Regional Jail’s Captain Hoffman told Insider that the jail has categorized Chandler as male, with her gender being changed on the custody request system.
Video recorded by alt-right podcaster Ethan Ralph purports to show Chandler being arrested at a motel in Richmond, Virginia, on Sunday
Chandler (far left) is heard telling Ralph that ‘everything is going to work out’
The authenticity of the audio recording hasn’t been confirmed.
During the eight-minute conversation, Chandler apparently tells a friend that it was her mother, Barbara, who ‘made the first move,’ leading the two to kiss, according to the audio file, which Newsweek reported.
Chandler allegedly claimed she approached the situation with ‘care and caution’ after years of harboring sexual feelings toward her mother, and even having dreams of having sex with her.
‘She was partially confused at one point, but then she came around, obviously,’ Chandler is allegedly heard saying on the call.
As the call continues, the person said to be Chandler says that she and her mother now have a ‘routine’ where they have sex ‘every third night’, and that her mother enjoys it.
Toward the end of the recording, Chandler apparently tells her friend: ‘God… said this was okay.’
Chandler has featured her mother on her social media pages several times over the years, most recently on July 11, when she shared photos of Barbara sporting a new haircut.
A day before her arrest, Chandler tweeted about ‘drama in the air’
Chandler is a transgender YouTube personality and creator of the comic character Sonichu, which is a cross between Pikachu and Sonic
‘Barbie Chan got a styling haircut. I did that; first time cutting anyone’s hair. It looks really good,’ she wrote.
In May, Chandler shared a series of photos of her mother as a younger woman, writing in a caption: ‘Hi, Mom. Remember, everyone, regardless of situation, your Mom, Mother, or Motherly Figure had a life and past of her own back in the day before you came along. She has gone through a lot for not only you and yours, but herself as well.’
Chandler’s final public post came on July 30, when she tweeted in part: ‘There is drama in the air today. Each and every one of you all are encouraged to withdraw from any and all dramas, gossip, rumors, and whatever else will, and already has, approached your way today.’
The following day, the 39-year-old YouTube star was filmed by alt-right podcaster Ethan Ralph getting arrested by police at the Regency Inn in Richmond, Virginia.
‘I am compliant, I am good like this,’ a handcuffed Chandler is heard saying in the video, before adding that ‘everything is going to work out.’
This is not Chandler’s first run-in with the law. In October 2011, Chandler and her mother were arrested after Barbara hit a manager of a game center with her car, reported Insider.
In 2014, Chandler was arrested for pepper-spraying a worker at a GameStop store