Reports: Kicking camerawoman to sue refugee she tripped, Facebook

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Hungarian ex-camerawoman Petra László, who gained international notoriety for videos showing her kicking refugees in Hungary in September, is planning to sue Facebook, as well as a refugee who was carrying his child when she tripped him, according to reports about an interview published in Russian newspaper Izvestia Tuesday.

A screen capture of a video showing Petra László kicking a girl.

The former worker for far-right web TV station N1TV reportedly said that once legal proceedings against her end she is moving to Russia with her family. She was quoted as saying she will take legal action against Facebook because the site did not delete fake pages with her name and Facebook groups threatening her. Meanwhile, László told the paper, Facebook deleted groups who supported her.

László also reportedly said she is planning to sue Osama Abdul Mohsen, a Syrian refugee she tripped in September. “He changed his testimony because he initially blamed the police. My husband wants to prove my innocence. For him it is now a matter of honor,” László said, according to the Guardian.

Izvestia reported that László said she was only “trying to help police” when she tripped Abdul Mohsen.

According to the Helsinki Committee, what László did could lead to a conviction of violence against members of the community, which can be punished with 1-7.5 years in prison.

László was shooting video of refugees fleeing police in Röszke on September 8 when she was captured on another reporterʼs video, kicking and tripping refugees, including children. After being fired from right-wing N1TV, László apologized for attacking refugees in a letter sent to government friendly news portal mno.hu (Magyar Nemzet). “I’m truly sorry for what happened,” she said. In her defense she said that “I was shooting with my camera when several hundred refugees broke through the police cordon and one of them came at me and I was frightened. I was afraid as they flooded towards me and something in me snapped.”

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