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June 22, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The answer to the intriguing question posed in the headline could be this: When a flight attendant claims it entails sexual assault. The truth of the matter, however, is in the process of being decided in court.

A female Emirates flight attendant from the US claims she was sexually assaulted by a Tanzanian passenger after allowing him to take a selfie with her.

The claim was aired in the Dubai Criminal Court, where the 42-year-old Tanzanian defendant denied a charge of sexual assault a flight from Dar es Salaam to Dubai on 22 April 2016. The flight attendant, 25, reported the incident to police after the flight landed, The National, based in Abu Dhabi, reported.

The flight attendant told prosecutors that the defendant asked for a picture with her and hugged her as they posed for the shot. The attendant said her supervisor “screamed at the man” for hugging her, the paper said.

“He asked me again for a picture, I said OK. When I stood next to him for the shot, he hugged me and kissed my neck,” said the woman, who then pushed him away.

Police claim the Tanzanian confessed during questioning the day after the incident. In court, however, he denied having sexually assaulted the attendant.

The case will return to court for hearing on 3 July 2016. The defendant has been granted bail in the meantime.

Written by Peter Needham

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