Petra László, the infamous Hungarian camerawoman who was fired after videos of her tripping refugees went viral, is now planning to sue Facebook and one of the refugees she tripped.
László was fired from her job at news company N1TV after videos showed her kicking children and deliberately tripping a man holding his son near a refugee camp in the border town of Roszke, Hungary. In addition to experiencing a severe backlash from the internet, the camerawoman was charged with breach of the peace and faces criminal charges for the incident.
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According to Mashable, once the criminal trial is over, László told Russian newspaper Izvestia that she plans to sue Facebook for allowing groups to threaten her while deleting stories that supported her actions.
She also plans to sue the man with the child that she tripped, Osama Abdul Mohsen, a former coach for the popular Syrian football club Al-Fotuwa SC.
László said: “[Mohsen] 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 has previously claimed that her actions that day were driven out of fear:
“The camera was shooting, hundreds of migrants broke through the police cordon, one of them rushed to me and I was scared. Then something snapped in me … I just thought that I was attacked and I have to protect myself. It’s hard to make good decisions at a time when people are in a panic.”
She also told Izvestia that she plans to move her family to Russia because she feels threatened in Hungary.