In a recent blog post, Morrissey alleges that an airport security officer at San Francisco International Airport groped his crotch on Monday.
“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,” Morrissey wrote on True to You [h/t Rolling Stone].
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“The officer who sexually assaulted me was identified as the General Manager On Duty. Luckily I was accompanied by two members of British Airways Special Services, who were horrified at the sexual attack and suggested that I lodge a complaint. I asked if there would be any point in lodging a complaint since, as with any complaint against a figure in ‘authority,’ the complaints are simply collected in order to protect the guilty officer should the matter go further. The British Airways Special Services employees assured me that a complaint was worthwhile, and so I filed the appropriate information.”
Morrissey claims that when confronted about the incident with allegations of sexual misconduct, the man responded, “That’s just your opinion,” multiple times.
When reached for comment, a spokesperson for the San Francisco airport directed us to the TSA. The TSA sent this statement to Billboard: “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.”