David DePape spotted in nudist Gypsy Taub’s wedding photos

A man who broke into Pelosi’s San Francisco home attacked Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, with a hammer Friday morning.

Pelosi is hospitalized and undergoing treatment, but a spokesman for Pelosi’s office said he is expected to recover. DePape was also hospitalized. His condition was not immediately known. He was charged with attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, elder abuse and several other felony charges.

the latest update:

David DePape, right, attends the wedding of Gypsy Taub and Jaymz Smith on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, December 19, 2013.Michael Short

Chronicle Photos Show DePape at Naked 2013 San Francisco Wedding

Chronicle photos of a 2013 nudist wedding at San Francisco City Hall show a clothed DePape dancing with famed nudist activist Gypsy Taub and her new husband Jaymz Smith on the steps of the iconic building .

He was the best man at the wedding, which local media reported as part of Taub’s “year-long attack on the city’s public nudity ban,” according to a Chronicle article at the time. DePape, the cannabis jewelry maker at the time, and the couple lived in a crowded Berkeley home.

Police dispersed a post-wedding celebration outside City Hall, citing Taub, who was wearing a full gown to the wedding before taking it off. As soon as she put the gown back on, she was immediately released, which the Chronicle said she did, “while holding it around her waist for more dancing.”

Wiener ‘heartbroken’ in attack, recalls De Pape as a naked activist

Sen. Scott Weiner, Democrat of San Francisco, told the Chronicle on Friday that he sat next to Paul Pelosi at an event on Sunday and had a lengthy conversation with him. “I’m heartbroken,” Wiener said. “He’s just a lovely guy, a very nice, thoughtful, smart guy, and it breaks my heart just to think about this amazing man…[being brutally attacked]at home.” Police have yet to determine a motive for the attack, but Wiener blamed a right-wing conspiracy theory based on what he had read online about the suspect, David DePape.

Wiener has known DePape’s name since the senator served as city overseer for the city of Castro. DePape was one of many activists who took to the streets in 2011 and 2012 to promote public nudity.

Attacks raise concerns for lawmakers’ safety

The brutal attack on Paul Pelosi highlights concerns about lawmakers’ safety — concerns that have only intensified since the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Capitol Police will investigate 9,625 cases in 2021, more than double the 3,939 in 2017.

DePape’s family members are ‘sick’ at the news

Ron DePapp, who says David DePapp is a stepson from his brother’s previous marriage, said he woke up to the news and was “disgusted by it”. “We have no connection with him, just feel bad and sad for the Pelosi family,” Ron DePapp said. “It’s just a sad incident. I think it must be a mental health issue that he’s been carrying,” said Ron DePapp, who lives in Powell River, British Columbia, where David DePapp has lived for a long time. For a short time, then “at a very young age” to follow his girlfriend who lives in the U.S. “He refused to have any contact with his family,” Ron DePape said. “He just kind of disappeared.”

Feinstein ‘shocked’, calls for calmer political rhetoric

Senator Dianne Feinstein wrote on Twitter that she was “shocked” by the news and that “as we learn more about motivation, I hope this reminds us that all of us People in public life and commenting on public officials should play down political rhetoric to avoid fueling division and violence — especially during the heightened tensions of this election.”

Suspect lived with group of people who believed 9/11 was an ‘inside job’

In a 2013 article in The Chronicle, David DePape was identified as a “cannabis jewelry maker” who lived in a Victorian apartment in Berkeley with nude activist Gypsy Taub and her family of five. The group was known at the time for promoting conspiracy theories, including the theory that 9/11 was an “inside job.” Taub hosted a political talk show called “Uncensored 9/11” on public television, in which she was naked. “I thought people would hear better if I took my clothes off,” she said, “and they did.” DePape served as best man at a wedding on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, where the bride is expected to be charged with violating the city’s ban Arrested for public nudity ban.

What we know about David DePapp

A man who calls himself DePape maintains a WordPress blog where they outline a series of conspiracy theories about how America’s “elite/ruling class” (including government officials, tech companies and the media) censors information seen by the public. The blog, which lists DePape as the author, is titled “godisloving.wordpress.com” and includes posts from the most recent August.

The blog includes a series of entries with headlines referring to far-right conspiracy theories. On August 25, DePape created posts titled “Communist Voodoo Science” and “Feminists Are Owned.” An Aug. 25 post was titled “Wake Up as Guilty Racist.” These posts do not contain any additional text or links.

DePape’s blog also includes some racist and bigoted remarks about people of color, immigrants and LGBTQ people. Depape also apparently follows the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. Read our full story on David Depape here.

Newsom condemns ‘heinous attack’

“This heinous attack is yet another example of the dangerous consequences of divisive and hate speech that puts lives at risk and undermines our democracy and democratic institutions,” Newsom said in a statement. “Those who are using their platforms to incite violence must be held to account. Our leaders should never fear for their safety and the safety of their families in serving the people they were elected to represent – ​​not in their homes, not at the US Capitol, not anywhere. Jennifer and I wish Paul a speedy recovery and our thoughts to Speaker Pelosi and her family during this time.”

Pelosi cancels plan to speak at event

A spokeswoman for the HRC said Nancy Pelosi will not attend or speak at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual national dinner in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, as she had previously planned.

San Francisco mayor speaks out

San Francisco Mayor Breed issued a statement Friday morning: “This is a horrific and horrific incident. I have reached out to Speaker Pelosi to extend my support to her and her family. I would like to thank the San Francisco Police Department and the San Francisco Fire Department for their gratitude. Their quick response to this incident. Police have detained the suspect and will do so as we have more information to share.” Breed also thanked 911 responders in another tweet: “I want to thank 911 emergency dispatcher Heather Grives answered the call and acted quickly to get first responders to the scene. We are fortunate to have 911 dispatchers to keep going and beyond our city and its residents. “

Police share attack details at morning news conference

Police were dispatched to Pelosi’s home at 2:27 a.m., Police Chief Bill Scott said Friday morning at a news conference at police headquarters. When they arrived at the scene, they found an adult male and Paul Pelosi, both armed with a hammer. Scott said the suspect pulled the hammer away from Pelosi and lashed out at him. Police immediately dealt with the suspect, disarmed him and took him into custody.

Scott identified the suspect as David DePapp. Paramedics took DePape and Pelosi to a local hospital. DePape will be held in a San Francisco jail on charges of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, burglary and several other felony charges, Scott said.

What we know about the survey

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said the investigation is active and is being led by SFPD’s Special Investigations Unit, working closely with the FBI, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Capitol Police and the District Attorney’s Office.

What we know about motivation

“The motive for this attack is still being determined,” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said.

San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins weighs in

“As things develop, we will continue to make appropriate charges,” Jenkins said.

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