Kimberly Adams sent out a series of tweets Saturday morning, describing how she was allegedly harassed by a fellow passenger on Egypt Air.
Adams later tweeted this photo of the man she said harassed her on the plane.
Adams claims officials from the airline repeatedly tried to dissuade her from filing a report against her harasser.
So did police, who she said "gently encouraged" her to drop the matter.
She detailed some of the arguments police allegedly made to her while trying to get her to drop the complaint against her harasser.
BuzzFeed News reached Adams hours after she sent her original tweets. She was still at the Cairo airport, trying to get a copy of the report.
"They asked if I would be willing to accept a report where I would accept his apology, and he would promise never to do it again," said Adams, who spoke to BuzzFeed News by phone. ""No one ever discouraged me but they would say, 'Are you sure… really? Are you really sure? It's your right, but…'"
She said that police also appeared to have no sensitivity training on how to deal with a victim. After pulling both her and her harasser off the plane, they had them stand on the tarmac and go through immigration together. They then sat them both down in a small police waiting room, until Adams complained and got up.
"They kept saying it wasn't a big deal and didn't understand why I didn't want to be seated a couple feet away from him," said Adams. "They asked me my address right in front of him. And I was like, 'He is right there, and I don't want him to know where I live.'"
Adams has lived in Egypt on and off since 2005, and works for several news outlets. She's had one previous incident where she was harassed at the hands of Egyptian police.
"I'm not someone who thinks that all Egyptian men are awful, but Egyptian men on the street do have an awful reputation, and it is there for a reason," said Adams. "Still, I think we should really avoid painting with broad strokes here."
Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
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