Camerawoman plans to sue Facebook and the refugee she tripped over

Footage of woman tripping refugee provoked international condemnation


Camerawoman Wants to Sue One of the Refugees She Tripped

The Hungarian camerawoman who was caught on camera tripping over a refugee who was carrying his child as he fled from police says she plans to sue the man she made stumble.

She is also planning to sue Facebook after the infamous video went viral.

Petra László lost her job at Hungarian TV channel N1TV after the footage appeared and now faces a criminal trial in December for breach of the peace.

Following the conclusion of the trial, László claimed to Russian newspaper Izvestia she intended to sue the social media giant for facilitating an online campaign against her, reports The Independent.

'Petra Laszlo Shame Wall'

"Facebook played a major role in my situation," she claimed and added the network "helped embitter people against me." A Facebook page titled "Petra Laszlo Shame Wall" currently has around 10,000 likes.

She claimed that Syrian refugee Osama Abdel-Muhsen Alghadab, 52, who was tripped by László causing him to fall on his seven-year-old child, had changed his testimony.

"One of the policemen tripped my son but it wasn't as bad as the camerawoman," Mr Alghdab said shortly after the incident. "He fell onto the ground, that's why I was holding him."

László also told the Russian paper she and her family were considering moving abroad – potentially to Russia – as she could see no future for herself in Hungary.

"But one thing we know for sure: we will sue Facebook. And we will also prove that the refugee Osama was wrong," she said.

László's actions on 8 September on the Hungarian-Serbian border were exposed by German RTL reporter Stephan Richter.

The footage provoked international condemnation and László subsequently claimed she was "truly sorry" for her actions in September, claiming she had been "scared" by the desperate crowds.

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