Israeli woman sues Secret Service agent for alleged July assault in Israel ahead of Biden visit

An Israeli woman has sued an unnamed US Secret Service agent, alleging the agent assaulted her while she was preparing in Israel for President Joe Biden’s visit to the country in July.

The lawsuit, filed in DC District Court on Monday, alleges Tamar Ben Haim, 30, was walking down the street when a US Secret Service agent approached her around 1 a.m. and began to hug her tightly. and “striking her repeatedly on the chest”. , slapped her, knocking out her earring and earpiece,” according to the lawsuit.

The agent’s name did not appear in the lawsuit.

The July 12 incident happened after the officer came from the “Machane Yehuda” market pub in Jerusalem.

“After the attack, Tamar learned that the defendant John Doe was a US Secret Service agent who was part of the Secret Service’s advance team preparing for President Joe Biden’s visit to Israel in July 2022” , says the lawsuit.

The lawsuit says an “individual” not involved in the incident removed the unnamed secret service agent from Ben Haim.

She filed a police report shortly after the incident and, according to the lawsuit, the officer was briefly detained, but was later released and returned to the United States.

The lawsuit says his attorney filed a FOIA request to get the agent’s name, but was denied.

“Tamar was heading home, minding her on business, when the defendant suddenly began his vicious assault. At the time, Tamar thought these were her last moments on Earth. The defendant – so that the defendant’s employer – is trying to evade justice by refusing to disclose his identity,” the lawsuit said.

At the time of the incident, the Secret Service said an agent was briefly detained in Israel, released and returned to the United States, but did not provide further details about the incident.

The Secret Service did not respond to an ABC News request for comment on the lawsuit.

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