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A purported recording of Christine Chandler admitting to having sex with her mother went viral.
Chandler, known online as Chris Chan, was arrested on August 1 and charged with incest.
Trolls on an internet forum have questioned Chandler's relationship with her mother for years.
Christine Chandler was arrested on August 1.
Christine Chandler, who is also known online as Chris Chan, was arrested on August 1 and charged with incest after a leaked phone call purported that she had sexual relations with her 79-year-old mother.
The life of Chandler and, by extension, her mother, has been extensively documented since 2007 when users on the fringe chat forum 4chan caught wind of her comic, Sonichu, a cross between Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog.
Since then, trolls have been tracking both Chandler's digital footprint as well as her movements in real life through filming, doxxing, hacking, and in some cases, even impersonating potential partners.
The extensive knowledge trolls have of Chandler and her mother has been recorded on a dedicated Wiki, CWCki, since 2009. She is often contacted by covert trolls with the intention of leaking their conversation on forums like Kiwi Farms, which is believed to have been the intention of the person who had the alleged phone call with Chandler.
In a statement provided to Insider, Chandler's attorney, David Heilberg, cautioned people not to believe everything they read on internet forums.
"Ms. Chandler's frequent and sometimes over the top presence on the internet is partly a product of mental health issues causing misguided attention seeking and often provocative engagement with others," the statement said.
Here's a timeline of the allegations, which began years ago with rumors spread by trolls on internet forums.
Online trolls have been making allegations about Chandler's relationship with her mother for years.
As Chandler has said online in the past, she has lived alone with her mother since her father died in 2011.
Trolls who followed Chandler's life on CWCki and later on Kiwi Farms have repeatedly questioned Chandler's relationship with her mother. There have been several threads on Kiwi Farms and articles on CWCki ridiculing Chandler for referring to her mother with pet names like "darling" and "dear."
On October 15, 2015, Chandler and her mother attended a court hearing following an assault Chandler committed on a video game store employee the year before. As was common for many of Chandler's trolls at the time, some of them attended the hearing in person in order to report back to CWCki.
One such alleged attendee was a Chandler troll called "Marvin," otherwise known as the "Man in the Pickle Suit," who then posted observations about Chandler and her mother's interactions during the hearing. Marvin runs the CWCki database of Chandler information (which still exists separately from Kiwi Farms, the forum originally derived from the CWCki forum) but has kept his real identity private.
In August 2016, Chandler said in a Facebook post that she had dreams of having sex with her mother.
"Although incest is quite a controversial topic, there are circumstances where there would be not so much harm as one may think, feel or believe," she said.
"Unless the sex act was abusive, hurtful, or would result in an unwanted birth of a physical or mental challenged child, I would not judge or persecute the parent and child."
Chandler wrote that she herself had "dreams of having sex" with her mother, though she never acted on them.
On July 30, screenshots and a purported recording of Chandler admitting to having sex with her mother were leaked.
On July 30, it is alleged that a supposed Kiwi Farms user leaked a nine-minute phone call and a series of screenshots which they claimed came from a conversation they had with Chandler, with the user pretending to be a woman called "Bella." The screenshots and phone call recording were later circulated by Kiwi Farms owner Joshua Moon, who goes by Null online, and went viral on Reddit. Although it is believed that the call was made by one troll posing as "Bella," this hasn't been verified.
In the purported phone call recording, a person purported to be Chandler gave graphic information about alleged assaults on her 79-year-old mother, saying that it had been occurring three times a week since late June.
The text messages also referenced Chandler's mother allegedly having "memory problems."
That same day, the leaked phone call and text messages went viral on social media, with Chandler beginning to trend globally on Twitter.
YouTuber Dillin Thomas, who had made content on Chandler in the past, later posted screenshots from an alleged conversation they had with Chandler, where the person purported to be Chandler appeared to confirm the allegations.
Chandler later tweeted: "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."
On August 1, Chandler was arrested and later charged with one count of incest, with "additional charges pending."
YouTuber Ethan Ralph, a podcast host associated with the alt-right and the Gamergate movement, livestreamed Chandler's arrest outside of a Virginia hotel on August 1.
In the video, Chandler can be heard saying to Ralph: "Everything is going to be alright."
The Greene County Sheriff's Office in Virginia said in a statement on Monday that Chandler was charged on one count of incest following allegations of "sex crimes against a family member."
The press release also said Chandler's arrest was part of "an ongoing investigation with additional charges pending."
Insider was told by a police representative on August 2 that no court date or bond had been set. As of Wednesday, no additional information was available in court records.
Engaging in sexual intercourse with one's father or mother is a Class 5 felony in Virginia, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.
Chandler was initially held in the Henrico County Jail in Virginia after police brought her in on August 1. Insider later confirmed that Chandler was moved to Central Virginia Regional Jail.
Chandler is a transgender woman, but the Central Virginia Regional Jail has categorized her as male.
After Chandler was moved to the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Virginia, a jail representative confirmed to Insider that the facility had categorized Chandler, a transgender woman, as a male.
Chandler said in a public 2017 Facebook post that she was a woman, saying that her correct pronoun was "she." She has also spoken about her transition in YouTube videos. According to court records obtained by Insider, she legally changed her name to Christine in May 2016.
As Insider reported, Chandler's gender designation on the VINE custody request system, which transmits jail and prison records to the public, was changed from female to male on Thursday morning. The jail did not give a reason for the change.
"I've had an interaction with inmate Chandler and it's been fine," the jail representative told Insider in response to a question about Chandler's well-being. "Everything is okay."
According to a report, Chandler said "I'm famous on the internet" in her first court appearance.
The Daily Progress reported that Chandler was ordered held without bond on August 5. Judge David M. Barredo reportedly remanded Chandler held without bond until her next scheduled hearing for her safety and that of the public.
Chandler's case was moved to the Greene County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court by Greene County General District Judge Kenneth Andrew Sneathern, who also appointed Charlottesville attorney David Heilberg to represent Chandler, The Daily Progress reported.
According to The Daily Progress, Chandler asked the court to be addressed with female pronouns. She also reportedly asked if she could pick up personal possessions from her home, which she shared with her mother. She said that she would be "willing to proceed with everything if she could get that done."
Green Commonwealth's attorney Edwin Consolvo requested for Chandler to be held with bond, citing concerns for the community's and Chandler's safety, per The Daily Progress. He reportedly said that it was clear people had sought out her location given that her arrest was filmed.
Chandler interrupted, saying "I'm famous on the internet."
Heilberg, Chandler's appointed attorney, reportedly told the court he would ask for evaluations for Chandler. Judge Barredo reportedly said that Heilberg would be able to file for a possible bond review later given that he had only met Chandler on the morning of August 5.
According to The Daily Progress, she interrupted by stamping her feet and saying that she "won't feel safe proceeding" until she is able to pick up her possessions at her home.
Chandler's next hearing is scheduled for September 16.
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