WASHINGTON (VINnews) — The Israeli woman allegedly assaulted by a Biden Secret Service agent in Jerusalem in July, while the agent was doing advance prep for President Biden’s visit to Israel, has filed a lawsuit against her attacker.
The 30-year-old, Tamar Ben-Haim, says the man “began hitting and slapping her” and carried a gun, leading her to believe “that these were her last moments on Earth.”
According to court filings, the man “held Tamar tightly, hit her on her chest, repeatedly, slapped her, causing her earring and earphone to fall to the ground.” Ben Haim screamed for help but no one came, until a man with the agent pulled him off her.
Ben Haim brought the civil case in DC federal court over the July 12 attack, which took place in an alleyway around 1 a.m.
The woman says she reported the incident to police who took her attacker into custody — but eventually released him.
Ben Haim claims the incident traumatized her and caused her to have trouble sleeping along with anxiety, depression, fatigue, headaches and difficulty breathing. She also sees a psychologist and psychiatrist to deal with the trauma.
Ben Haim says she filed a FOIA request for the man’s identity, which has not been disclosed, and the Secret Service has denied the request. She has an appeal pending.
In an interview, Ben Haim told Fox News that a “large man” punched her “over and over” like a “punching bag.”
“I was in total shock,” she said at the time. “He was so strong … I couldn’t even attempt to defend myself. In my head, I was thinking, ‘You won’t survive this. This is the end of your life.’”