Morrissey Claims He Was Sexually Assaulted by Airport Security

Morrissey LA Sports Arena - H 2014
Kyleen James

Morrissey LA Sports Arena - H 2014

"[The officer] stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles."

 Morrissey posted a note yesterday to his zine True to You alleging that he was sexually assaulted at San Francisco International Airport on July 27 by an airport security officer.

The singer, who recently wrapped up a U.S. tour, describes passing through the standard airport security procedure with "no bleeps and nothing unusual." He was then gathering his belongings, when he was approached by an " 'airport security officer' who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles." When an older security officer approached, Morrissey says the offending officer "quickly moved away."

Two members of the British Airways Special Services suggested that Morrissey file a complaint, but they confronted the officer before it was officially submitted. Morrissey describes the following exchange between the special services officers and the alleged groper:

You have just sexually groped this man.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
What you have done is illegal.
Officer: That's just your opinion.
You have no right to do what you have just done.
Officer: That's just your opinion.

Morrissey thinks further about this exchange in his post, writing, "Apart from 'that's just your opinion,' he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else's, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law."

Morrissey remains pessimistic about resolving the matter through official channels, writing: "In the interests of imperishable bureaucracy my submitted complaint against this 'officer' will obviously be either unread or ignored because, as we all know, on matters of officialism it is not possible to be pleasantly surprised by anything at all."

"However, what is clear is that, should you find yourself traveling through San Francisco International Airport," he continues, "you should expect sexual abuse from the so-called 'security officers' who, we are unconvincingly warned, are acting only for our security."

The TSA, however, insists its agent did nothing wrong during the pat-down: "Upon review of closed circuit TV footage," a TSA spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter, "TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.

"TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect."