An antivaxxer has filmed himself hassling Matt Hancock in a Tube station and allegedly pushing him as he was about to walk down an escalator.
Geza Tarjanyi, who has previously targeted Sajid Javid, Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam, followed the former Health Secretary through Westminster Underground Station yesterday morning and called him a ‘murdering scumbag’.
As they approached an escalator, Mr Hancock turned and said ‘don’t push me’ to the 61-year-old conspiracy theorist who then sat next to him on the Tube and continued to rant at him.
A spokesman for the MP, 44, called the ‘aggressive and unpleasant encounter’ a ‘very rare occurrence’ and thanked the police and TFL. Mr Hancock was unhurt.
Geza Tarjanyi followed Mr Hancock through Westminster Underground Station yesterday morning. This is the moment the MP said ‘don’t push me’
The conspiracy theorist has previously targeted Sajid Javid , Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam
The British Transport Police said: ‘We received a report of a man being assaulted and harassed at Westminster Underground station at 8.47am yesterday morning.
‘A 61-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and a public order offence and remains in custody. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.’
Mr Hancock’s spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately Matt was subject to a very aggressive and unpleasant encounter with a dangerous conspiracy theorist on the London Underground.
‘Both Transport for London staff and the British Transport Police were fantastic and the man has since been arrested.
‘Fortunately this sort of behaviour is a rare occurrence, but it’s instances like this that reemphasise the importance of shutting down baseless misinformation which causes so much harm.
‘Matt wants to put on record his thanks 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 as a Transport for London employee monitored the situation
A spokesman 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 found himself in court charged with criminal damage after turning up at Sajid Javid’s home with adhesive spray and posters.
The 61-year-old travelled to the then Health Secretary’s home in Fulham, south-west London on January 3 to stage a protest against the coronavirus vaccine rollout.
The antivaxxer, from Leyland, Lancashire, had spray adhesive and a number of posters, which prosecutors said he was carrying with the intention of destroying or damaging 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 a street in Oxford after a health summit.
Tarjanyi has also filmed himself harassing Chris Whitty and Jonathan Van-Tam in 2021
Tarjanyi has previously found himself in court charged with criminal damage after turning up at Sajid Javid’s home with adhesive spray and posters
The family DJ and producer, who became known online for his activism against fracking and mask wearing, is heard calling the Chief Medical Advisor a ‘liar’.
‘Is Bill Gates funding this?’ Tarjanyi asks, after rattling off a variety of other baseless theories about the pandemic response.
Mr Whitty, wearing a suit and backpack while carrying a briefcase, is shown hurrying down the road away from the man filming and refusing to reply to his comments.
At one point, he is shown stopping beside 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 at all,’ Mr Whitty is heard saying to the officers in the van.’
In 2021, Tarjanyi was also filmed screaming at former Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam outside the Ministry of Defence.
After a two-day trial at Isleworth Crown Court in November, the jury found Tarjanyi not guilty