An anti-vaxxer filmed himself harassing Matt Hancock in a subway station and allegedly shoving him as he was about to walk down an escalator.
Geza Tarjanyi, who previously targeted Sajid Javid, Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam, followed the former health minister through Westminster Underground Station yesterday morning and called him a “cutthroat bastard.”
As they approached an escalator, Mr. Hancock turned and said “don’t push me” to the 61-year-old conspiracy theorist who then sat down next to him on the subway and continued to rant at him.
A spokesperson for the MP, 44, called the “aggressive and unpleasant encounter” a “very rare occurrence” and thanked police and TFL. Mr Hancock was unharmed.
Geza Tarjanyi followed Mr Hancock through Westminster Underground Station yesterday morning. This is when the MP said ‘don’t push me’
The conspiracy theorist previously targeted Sajid Javid, Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam
British Transport Police said: ‘We received a report of a man being attacked and harassed at Westminster tube station at 8.47am yesterday morning.
A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and a violation of public order and remains in custody. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.’
Mr Hancock’s spokesperson said: ‘Unfortunately, Matt was the victim of a very aggressive and unpleasant encounter with a dangerous conspiracy theorist on the London Underground.
‘Both the staff at Transport for London and the British Transport Police have been fantastic and the man has now been arrested.
Fortunately, this kind of behavior is rare, but it is cases like this that once again emphasize the importance of stopping unfounded disinformation that causes so much damage.
“Matt would like to express his gratitude to TFL and the British Transport Police for their extraordinary work.”
Tarjanyi sat next to Mr Hancock on the tube and continued to rant at him while a Transport for London employee monitored the situation
A spokesperson for the MP, 44, called the “aggressive and unpleasant encounter” a “very rare occurrence”
Mr Hancock’s spokesman thanked the British Transport Police and Transport for London
Tarjanyi has previously gone to court for criminal damage after appearing at Sajid Javid’s home with spray adhesive and posters.
The 61-year-old traveled to the home of the then health minister in Fulham, southwest London, on January 3 to protest the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.
The antivaxxer, from Leyland, Lancashire, was carrying spray adhesive and a number of posters, which prosecutors said he carried with the intent to destroy or damage property – a charge the defendant denied.
After a two-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court in November, the jury found Tarjanyi not guilty.
In 2021, Tarjanyi harassed Chris Whitty as he walked down an Oxford street after a health summit.
Tarjanyi has also filmed himself harassing Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam in 2021
Tarjanyi has previously gone to court for criminal damage after appearing at Sajid Javid’s home with spray adhesive and posters
The family’s DJ and producer, who became known online for his activism against fracking and mask-wearing, calls the Chief Medical Advisor a “liar.”
“Is Bill Gates funding this?” asks Tarjanyi, after stirring up all sorts of other unfounded theories about the pandemic response.
Mr. Whitty, dressed in a suit and rucksack while carrying a briefcase, hurries down the road away from the man filming, refusing to comment on his comments.
At one point, he pulls up next to a police van to ask if the officers can stop the man following him.
“These gentlemen don’t seem to want to leave me alone,” you hear Mr. Whitty say to the officers in the van.
In 2021, Tarjanyi was also filmed yelling at former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam outside the Defense Ministry.
After a two-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court in November, the jury found Tarjanyi not guilty