Not sure if we’re buying her excuse…
Earlier this week, we reported on a Hungarian camerawoman who was fired from her job at a TV station after video surfaced of her kicking and tripping Syrian refugees who were trying to flee Serbia and enter Hungary.
Petra Laszlo was quickly fired for her awful reaction to seeing refugees — many carrying children — simply trying to run from a detention center towards a better life in Europe.
And now, Petra has apologized for her actions, though she claims she’s not racist or bigoted and that she doesn’t want “political witch hunts” against her because of it.
First, if you forgot (or missed it!), here’s one of the offending videos (below):
Now, in a letter to Hungarian publication Magyar Nemzet, Laszlo had this to say about her horrible actions last week (below, roughly translated to English via Google):
“I sincerely regret what happened. Just now I was able to collect myself enough to write about. In fact I am in shock from what they did and what they did to me … I’m not heartless, racist children kicking cameraman. I do not deserve it not for the political witch hunts against me, nor the smear, the death threats many times. I’m just a woman, since then, an unemployed mother of small children, who brought a panic situation, a bad decision. I am truly sorry.”
Laszlo went on to describe exactly what happened, at least from her point of view, on that fateful day:
“Camera was shooting, hundreds of migrant broke, broke through the police cordon, one of them rushed to me and I was scared. I was scared as she poured me and then something snapped in me. I have not seen a camera in my hand, who are coming towards me, I just thought that was attacked and I have to protect myself. It’s hard to make good decisions at a time when people are in a panic and many hundreds of people rushing to her face. It will, at the moment it failed. I’m sorry about what happened and the mother as a separate regret that fate points a twisted kid in my way, I will not even noticed. I panicked as I can see in the images, as if it would be me. I did my sincere regret, and I take responsibility for it.”
Hmmm… thought you were attacked? By that old man stumbling while carrying a small child? Riiiiiiight…
The apology might be too late for Laszlo since she’s already lost her job — and probably her career.
Do U think saying sorry did her any favors??
[Image via Conflict News/Twitter.]