US Journalist: Egypt Police Sexually Assaulted Me
Mona Eltahawy tweets details of attack following arrest
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 24, 2011 12:31 PM CST
A frame grab from YouTube video of Mona Eltahawy.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – An Egyptian-American journalist says police in Cairo sexually assaulted her after arresting her during protests. Mona Eltahawy’s left arm and right hand were broken and police “groped every part of my body and called me names, called me a whore,” she tells MSNBC. She was questioned for hours by military intelligence officials after recording protests on her camera phone.

“Five or 6 surrounded me, groped and prodded my breasts, grabbed my genital area and I lost count how many hands tried to get into my trousers,” she tweeted today, according to Jezebel. A prominent columnist, activist, and speaker, Eltahawy said that when officials “realized I had dual citizenship, they were aware they had to be more careful," she noted. "Eventually they apologized for the police behavior and sent me home in a taxi." Another American journalist, Jehane Nojaim, also was arrested during protests. She is best-known for her documentary Control Room about Al Jazeera. Click for more on her.

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MDD
Nov 24, 2011 9:09 PM CST
She wishes...they must of been very hard up to go after that???
n230099
Nov 24, 2011 6:38 PM CST
"An Egyptian-American journalist says police in Cairo sexually assaulted her after arresting her during protests." It's too bad but it's not like she didn't know that it was a potential penalty for a woman getting caught reporting there. The place is a mess.
The_Truth
Nov 24, 2011 5:12 PM CST
These idiots will say just about anything to get attention. Just like that stupid women claming she was raped by men loyal to Ghaddafi. How many women were raped and had their breasts cut off by NTC rebels, did any of them look for attention? No, because they were actually assaulted, not like these idiots who just look for attention and try to stir trouble. If it did indeed happen to this women, then it's her fault for going there, she should of known what could happen. Stop trying to bring all your foriegn problems into the United States, we have enough cases here where there is actualy evidence of it happening. This is not a game.