Intruder targets Everett 'Zoom' event with racial slurs, porn video

A virtual meet-and-greet hosted last week by 12th Suffolk House District candidate Stephanie Everett was interrupted twice and ended abruptly when a man hacked into the Zoom system, shared pornographic video of a naked man performing sexual acts, all while dropping expletives and racial slurs, including the “N-word.”

Everett, one of three candidates running for the state representative seat, confirmed the incident in an interview with the Reporter on Thursday. A version of the video was posted on Everett’s campaign Facebook account, although the segments including the unidentified nude man— who was white— have been edited out.

Everett said the man appeared on the screen early into the meeting, surprising and shocking everyone on the call. “It was very weird because it sounded like it was someone agreeing. He said ‘yeah,’ and I didn’t know who it was and then he popped up. It was a man lying in a bed, a very heavy-set man, performing his own sexual acts and he just started using the ‘N’ word and other expletives.”

Everyone who joined the virtual meet and greet was required to register before the event through Zoom, but Everett’s team could not pinpoint the man’s name. He had apparently hacked into the host system.

Donovan Birch Jr., a supporter of Everett and member of the Democratic State Committee, witnessed the showing. He said that the man speaking hid his face behind a pornographic video.

“He projected pornographic images of a man masturbating and called us [n-word] repeatedly.”

Terry Dolan, a Ward 17 Democratic committee member and a supporter of Everett, described what she saw. “It was about 20 or 30 minutes into what I think was going to be an hour-long call. My memory as to exactly what she [Everett] was talking about in the moment had taken a backseat, but as she was talking suddenly the image changed in one of the blocks,” Dolan said, adding:

“I’m sitting back and thinking that we all think we’ve moved ahead, you know, and then to see this very base, awful display was just profoundly disturbing.”

After the first outburst, everyone on the Zoom hung up, and then re-entered the meeting. Dolan said there were roughly 25 people on the call before it was abruptly ended, and only about 10 who re-entered.

“We came back in, and as we’re waiting for everyone to get back in, he’s back in again. And he was doing the same thing,” said Everett.

Everett and her team then ended the session. She issued a statement about the incidents last night on Facebook saying the attack felt very personal to her.

“Obviously it was troubling on a lot of levels because, you know, being called the ‘N’ word… it’s not like the sexual act is something that you push aside, but being called the ‘N’ word multiple times…it was very hard and very hurtful.”

Everett has reported the incident to Boston Police.