Trans activist’s stunt to get back at ex

Deni Todorovic has been fined for ruining his ex partner’s fence.
Deni Todorovic has been fined for ruining his ex partner’s fence.

Non-binary influencer and queer activist Deni Todorovič has been fined for defacing his ex-partner’s white picket fence after a tumultuous Australian Fashion Week.

They did not appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday, where they were convicted in their absence for using a black permanent marker to graffiti a fence owned by his former partner Mitchell Latham.

The couple publicly confirmed their relationship in an Instagram video during Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebrations in March.

“You have been some of the best 5 weeks of love, I have had the honour of experiencing in my 35 short laps around the sun,” Todorovič captioned a post the following month.

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Trans activist Deni Todorovic has been fined for graffitiing their ex’s fence. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

After around two months of dating, the court documents state Latham decided to end the relationship on May 12.

Five days later, they returned home to find their white picket fence defaced and a bright pink handbag containing Todorovič’s belongings hanging on the front door.

While the scribbles on the fence were hard to decipher, the agreed facts show one message read: “Call me by ur name + I’ll call you myne”.

The victim recognised the quote as something Todorovič said often during their relationship and contacted police.

The former Seafolly ambassador pleaded guilty to intentionally marking the premises in Sydney’s inner west without consent earlier this year.

The incident occurred hours after they were turned away from a fashion show during a turbulent start to Afterpay Fashion Week.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NCA NewsWire Photos - 03 JULY, 2023: Queer influencer and author Ratko Denis "Deni" Todorovic appeared in Burwood Local Court in Sydney on July 3, 2023. Picture: NCA NewsWire
The stylist has previously cut a colourful figure at court. Picture: NCA NewsWire
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However, they did not appear in court on Monday. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Christian Gilles

The Geelong native previously told NCA NewsWire they had been in the throes of a mental health episode at the time.

They were involuntarily checked into a mental health facility earlier this year, which they said was a “life changing” experience.

On Monday, Magistrate Lisa Stapleton convicted Todorovič for the graffiti and fined them $550.

She noted it would take “some painting” to remove the markings on the fence, but the victim had not requested to be paid compensation.

The fine comes three months after Todorovič was in court over separate property destruction charges, which were dismissed on mental health grounds.

The activist told NCA NewsWire they had destroyed a vase at a luxury Sydney hotel and damaged a car windscreen during a “reckless” attempt at ending their life in March.

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Todorovič was previously an ambassador for brands like Seafolly. Picture: Instagram
The queer stylist is engaging with mental health treatment. Picture: Supplied
The queer stylist is engaging with mental health treatment. Picture: Supplied

The court heard they had worked hard to engage with mental health treatment since the incident.

Todorovič made headlines earlier this year following relationship breakdowns with brands Bonds and Seafolly.

They made a series of concerning social media posts at the time of the graffiti charge, prompting their family to assure followers they were “in good hands”.

In August, the influencer told NCA NewsWire it had been a challenging year.

“The last 12 months have taught me that my mental health has to come first before I can advocate for anyone else,” they said.