Petra Laszlo, the Hungarian camerawoman who was fired after she was filmed intentionally tripping refugees has said she plans to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she was caught kicking. Laszlo hit headlines around the world when a video emerged in early September of her tripping and kicking refugees.
The camerawoman, who was fired from Hungarian broadcaster N1, said that she plans to file two lawsuits once her criminal trial is over. Laszlo told Russian newspaper Izvestia that she intends to sue Facebook because it allegedly refused to remove groups threatening her while deleting those that showed her support.
According to Mashable, Laszlo also intends to sue Osama Abdul Mohsen, one of the Syrian refugees she kicked. "He changed his testimony, because he initially blamed the police," she said. "My husband wants to prove my innocence. For him, it is now a matter of honour."
In two different videos, Laszlo is clearly seen kicking Mohsen, who was holding his young son in his arms at the time. Mohsen, a 52-year-old father of four, was eventually given a football coaching job in Spain's National Centre for the Education of Coaches (Cenafe). Laszlo is also seen kicking two other refugees, including a child.
The incident occurred near the Hungarian border village of Röszke on 8 September as refugees and migrants pushed through a police cordon and rushed past journalists. Many of those were Syrian refugees who were attempting to cross through Hungary to Western Europe, including Germany and Austria.
Laszlo, who eventually apologised for her actions and claimed she acted out of fear, told the Russian newspaper that she wants to relocate her family to Russia. "We consider Russia and we think that we will begin to learn Russian," she said. "For us it is important to leave Hungary. We will decide after the trial."