A British woman has now sued a United Arab Emirates royal for alleged sexual assault.
Caitlin McNamara, a curator of the first Hay festival in Abu Dhabi last year, has now filed a claim for damages against UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for sexual assault and false imprisonment.
The decision to file for damages comes after UK authorities failed to prosecute the minister when he attacked McNamara at a private villa on February 2020.
Nahyan has denied the allegations.
The UK Crown Prosecution Service said they could not charge Nahyan because the incident occurred abroad and there was insufficient evidence to charge him with torture, which could prosecute foreigners under UK laws.
McNamara wrote an article for The Guardian last month saying, “When the civil route was first suggested, I was adamant I did not want to sue. I felt sick at the thought of a financial price being put on my pain. I was also acutely aware of Nahyan’s wealth, and how this might be perceived.”
“But after a long year of learning from campaigners, legal experts and other survivors, I think differently,” she added.
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