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Morrissey claims he was sexually assaulted by security at San Francisco International Airport

"Do people have minds?"

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    Morrissey claims he was sexually assaulted while passing through security at San Francisco International Airport earlier this week.

    In a posting to True to You, the singer wrote, “I went through the usual airport security procedure including the stand-up ‘scanner’, and all was well – no bleeps and nothing unusual.” However, “Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays I was approached by an ‘airport security officer’ who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles. He quickly moved away as an older ‘airport security officer’ approached.”

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    Morrissey says he was traveling with two members of the British Airways Special Services, “who were horrified at the sexual attack and suggested that I lodge a complaint.” Before doing so, however, he says he confronted the security officer.

    You have just sexually groped this man.
    Officer: That’s just your opinion.
    What you have done is illegal.
    Officer: That’s just your opinion.
    You have no right to do what you have just done.
    Officer: That’s just your opinion.

    Apart from “that’s just your opinion”, he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else’s, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law. The words “that’s just your opinion” volunteered themselves from this ‘officer’s’ mouth before he had even heard the question. He knew he could be confronted, but he also knew that he could never be challenged (even though the entire incident is most certainly on CCTV camera).

    “Do people have minds?” Morrissey concluded.

    Update: A spokesperson for the TSA has denied Morrissey’s allegations, saying in a statement: “TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect. Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.”

    Morrissey just recently wrapped up a lengthy US tour. He’ll return to America next month for a headlining appearance at FYF Fest in Los Angeles.

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