Woman in alleged racist assault video to be assessed at Toronto mental health hospital
A woman captured on video making racist comments and spitting on a man at Nathan Phillips Square will be assessed at a Toronto mental health facility.
The accused appeared in court on Tuesday. The woman shown in the video shared online was observed by Global News to be the same person in court.
Evidence details related to the alleged assault were presented before a judge, but those details are now covered by a publication ban imposed by the court.
The 28-year-old woman, who was seen having a dishevelled appearance and wasn’t wearing any shoes when she was transferred to the holding cells, had to be escorted by five court security officers. When coming into the courtroom, the accused was brought in by three court security officers.
A police officer told Global News the woman spat at court security staff and was going to be arrested again for alleged assault.
Global News spoke with a man who identified himself as the accused’s father. He said she has unspecified “mental health issues.”
The woman is still in custody pending further evaluation at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Conservative Party of Canada Leader Andrew Scheer condemned the incident Monday evening.
“I don’t know who this woman is, but there is no place in our party or our country for her hateful language,” Scheer wrote in a tweet.
“I condemn her behaviour and racist comments.”
The 24-second video was posted on Instagram and Reddit by Farhan Rana on Monday afternoon. In it, a woman can be seen holding a white sign with the words “VOTE ANDREW SCHEER” painted in black.
“This is the place of men. This is the place of men. This is a beautiful country and you can’t f— it up, you savages,” she can be heard saying.
“I can’t believe you’re real,” Rana can be heard saying.