Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who became a viral villain after footage of her kicking and tripping refugees along the Serbian border surfaced, is back in the headlines after revealing she plans to sue one of the people she kicked. Not only that, but she’s also going after Facebook. The details, via Mashable:
Laszlo told Izvestia that she plans to sue Facebook for allegedly refusing to remove threatening groups on the site while deleting groups that supported her. She has also directed her anger towards Osama Abdul Mohsen, one of the Syrian refugees she kicked, and says she plans to sue him.
“He changed his testimony, because he initially blamed the police,” Laszlo said, though she can be clearly seen in two different videos kicking him. “My husband wants to prove my innocence. For him, it is now a matter of honor. it is now a matter of honor.”
Osama Abdul Mohsen was the man carrying a young child who Laszlo tripped. We have to specify that because Laszlo was caught on film kicking two other refugees — one a young girl — as they tried to escape a police cordon. How she thinks she’s going to win this case is unclear, but she’s got some serious moxie trying to go after a refugee on some strange legal technicality.
I’m sure Mr. Mohsen had no idea who tripped him at the time and just assumed it was the police, because why would a member of the press trip him? It’s a strange “Gotcha!” indeed, Laszlo is tossing out, and just another questionable action from a person whose every public action thus far has been pretty gross. Even her apology had eye-rolling moments such as, “I am in shock from what I did and what they did to me.”
Laszlo was fired from her job as a camerawoman after the incident, and says she’s considering moving to Russia after a criminal case on the matter is resolved. Hungarian prosecutors have charged her with “breach of the peace” and “violence against a member of the community.” Those could result in a sentence of up to five years in prison. While I’m of the opinion she’s already been punished in the court of public opinion, her plan to sue the very people she assaulted doesn’t make me very sympathetic to her plight.