One of the most iconic rock singers of the past three and a half decades, Morrissey is famous/infamous for his gloomy-intelligent-blistering-black humor lyrics and sarcastic, non-apologetic persona. Morrissey is also a vegetarian and avid animal lover who is known to cancel his concerts if the venue he’s supposed to perform at refuses to serve a vegetarian menu on the night of his gig.
Morrissey made the news again after he claimed he was sexually assaulted by one of the security officers at the San Francisco International Airport. The former The Smiths singer wrote in a post on July 29 that as he was going through the airport security to collect his belongings, a security officer stopped him, crouched before him and groped his sexual organs. The abusive officer quickly moved away when he saw that one of his colleagues was approaching.
Morrissey was accompanied by two employees of the British Airways Special Services and stated that both of them witnessed the whole incident and told him to press a complaint. When he approached the security officer who assaulted him, the officer denied everything telling Morrissey that it’s just his opinion. Morrissey added in his post that the officer refused to make any other comments about the incident. He believes that by “It’s just your opinion”, the assaulting officer meant to say that the incident will not be taken seriously by the law.
The TSA said it was only a misunderstanding and refuted the allegation made by Morrissey. Mike England, one of the agency’s representatives made an official statement saying that the TSA has analyzed the video footage of the incident and determined that the security officer was only following standard procedure of verifying the individuals.
Morrissey said he filed a formal complaint in which he accuses the security officer of sexually assaulting him, but doesn’t have high hopes that the law will do something about it and the guilty will get away unsanctioned. The singer wrote that he’s not at all surprised since “on matters of officialism it is not possible to be pleasantly surprised by anything at all.”
Morrissey then went on and warned his fans about the dangers of traveling through the San Francisco International Airport, telling them to be very careful not to be sexually abused by the security officers who work there, who in their opinion are just doing their jobs and get away with it.
The San Francisco International Airport officials did not make any comments regarding the incident.
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