New York state assemblyman Dov Hikind is calling for an investigation into allegations that Linda Sarsour covered up sexual assault.
Over the weekend, the Daily Caller published testimony by Asmi Fathelbab, a former contractor at the Arab American Association of New York, who accused Linda Sarsour of covering up and dismissing her complaints of sexual assault by a man named Majed Seif.
According to Fathelbab, the assault took place at her place of work by a male coworker who was let off the hook despite her complaints. Fathelbab alleges that Sarsour told her that the man was a “good Muslim” who could not have possibly assaulted her because she “was not attractive enough to be harassed.”
Hikind, a Democrat from Brooklyn, wants a formal investigation into the Women’s March co-founder and self-proclaimed Muslim feminist.
“If Linda Sarsour enabled the sexual assault & harassment of a woman who worked for her, as alleged, this should concern everyone,” said Hikind on Monday. “Women everywhere should be demanding an investigation into these charges.”
Hikind sought bipartisan support for the issue.
— Dov Hikind (@HikindDov) December 18, 2017
Following the Daily Caller report, Linda Sarsour denied the allegations, describing the report that she ignored the sexual assault as “character assassination” and a “hitpiece.” Speaking to BuzzFeed, Sarsour offered a slightly different version of the events that allegedly transpired in 2009.
“Anti-Semitic, terrorist sympathizer, supporter of female genital mutilation — every week they come up with some new stuff about me,” Sarsour said, adding that she was being attacked by Donald Trump Jr., who shared the report on Twitter. “But when the president’s son is tweeting about me, that’s serious stuff.”
Sarsour shared a written statement dating to 2009, in which she defended Majed Seif against accusations that he menaced Fathelbab. Sarsour wrote that it was Fathelbab who created a hostile work environment by telling coworkers of the alleged harassment, stating that she found “no substantial evidence or any testimonies from anyone about the alleged accusations.”
Sarsour also denies that Fathelbab gave her specific details about the harassment, and called the report “character assassination.”
“This is where we have to draw the line. I have two daughters. This is not the type of behavior I engage in,” Sarsour said.
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