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The Camerawoman Fired For Tripping Refugees Plans To Sue Them -- And Facebook

HuffPost logo HuffPost 10/21/2015 Nick Visser

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Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who drew international ire after footage emerged of her kicking and tripping refugees, may have apologized for her actions, but that isn't stopping her from filing suit.

In an interview with Russian news outlet Izvestia, Laszlo announced her plans to sue one of the individuals she was filmed kicking, and Facebook. She alleges the social media network failed to remove negative and threatening messages directed towards her, instead banning groups set up to support her actions, according to Mashable and an online translation of the original story.

The man she plans to sue is Osama Abdul Mohsen, a 52-year-old Syrian refugee who fell to the ground on top of his child after Laszlo tripped him. Mohsen has since found a job in Spain at the country's national soccer coaching academy.

In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015. The camerawoman has been fired after she was caught on video kicking and tripping migrants entering Hungary across the border with Serbia. The N1TV Internet channel said their employee, widely identified in Hungarian media as Petra Laszlo, has been dismissed because she "behaved unacceptably" at a makeshift © Credit: Index.Hu. via AP In this image taken from TV a Hungarian camerawoman, center left in blue, kicks out at a young migrant who had just crossed the border from Serbia near Roszke Hungary Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015. The camerawoman has been fired after she was caught on video kicking and tripping migrants entering Hungary across the border with Serbia. The N1TV Internet channel said their employee, widely identified in Hungarian media as Petra Laszlo, has been dismissed because she "behaved unacceptably" at a makeshift Laszlo was fired by her employer, an ultranationalist online TV channel called N1TV, after the video was first made public. Although N1TV centers around a far-right party that wants all migrants deported, the station said she "behaved unacceptably," The Associated Press reported.

The camerawoman issued an apology after the video went viral, writing "something snapped in me" during a moment of fear when refugees were running towards her. She's currently facing a criminal case from Hungarian prosecutors and has adamantly denied any racism involved in the incident.

Once that case is wrapped up, Laszlo said she plans to file the dual suits as "a matter of honor." She accused Mohsen of swapping stories, an act that she claims led to the intense backlash against her.

"He changed his testimony because he initially blamed the police," Laszlo said. "My husband wants to prove my innocence."

She said her family may relocate to Russia because they often feel threatened and scared to go outside.


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