TORONTO — A video showing a Canadian man roundhouse kicking a pro-life woman as she answered his question about rape babies has gone viral, and the man responsible for the act has been arrested.
According to reports, Marie-Claire Bissonnette, 27, approached Jordan Hunt, 26, at the annual Life Chain event in Toronto on Sept. 30 after he had been allegedly defacing the pro-life signs of participants with a marker.
Hunt was speaking with a “pro-choice” protester standing on the sidewalk, who advised him to “kill them with kindness.”
“What?” Hunt asked when seeing Bissonnette approaching him, filming.
“Destruction of private property. It’s against the law,” Bissonnette replied.
“Hey, if somebody gets raped by somebody, and they’re like, ‘I’m a sixteen-year-old and I can’t have this baby,’ think they should keep it?” Hunt inquired.
“It’s a baby,” Bissonnette began to respond. “If someone is raped and she gave birth, and she decided to kill her three year old child …”
Mid-sentence, as Bissonnette was speaking, Hunt got into position and roundhouse kicked the woman. Her phone fell to the ground, but continued to record, and the woman can be heard calling out for someone to contact the police.
“I meant to kick your phone!” Hunt claimed twice.
He soon fled the scene of the incident, but not before tearing the leader ribbon off Bissonnette’s jacket.
“He kicked me in the shoulder [and] my phone went flying,” Bissonnette told the Toronto Sun. “I started shouting for someone to call police, and before he runs away, he goes up to me and I had a ribbon on my jacket indicating [I was] the leader—he tore it off my chest.”
According to the Toronto Police, Hunt surrendered to the police on Oct. 6 and was charged with eight counts of assault and seven counts of mischief.
He was also charged with one count of assault for a separate incident in August when he similarly approached a group of people voicing their opposition of abortion and “tried to grab one of their signs.” The Toronto police state that Hunt then allegedly “pushed a woman into a pole” and fled the scene.
He has now been released on bail and has been ordered as one of his conditions not to come within 500 meters of any pro-life demonstration.
Newsweek reports that Hunt’s former employer, Noble 101 Studio, also terminated Hunt’s position as a hair stylist after being made aware of the YouTube video, which now has over 4.5 million views.
“It has been brought to our attention that Jordan has been caught on camera assaulting an innocent bystander at a pro-life rally,” the salon wrote in the now deleted Instagram post. “We don’t condone his actions, and he has been let go. We believe that everyone has a right to an opinion and the right to voice their opinion without fear or physical violence.”
Bissonnette says that this isn’t the first time she has dealt with violence from those who support abortion “rights.”
“I’ve had teenage boys throw rocks at me. I’ve also had men saying, ‘How would you like it if I raped you?’” she told Global News. “My message to them would be that it doesn’t fulfill their goal, it turns me off from their message, and the basis of a peaceful society is being able to discuss respectfully with each other.”