A travel blogger was removed from the Acropolis of Athens in Greece after being falsely accused of “breaching sexual decency,” she claims.
British citizen Adebola Sowemimo was touring the historical site when she said she was forced out of the museum and accused by a guard of lifting up her dress and flashing tourists.
Sowemimo says it was a clear example of ‘racism at its finest’ and the accusations are completely fabricated.
According to Adebola, a guard approached her and began “screaming” at her in Greek.
She was accused in the guard’s statement of “lifting her skirt and flashing her genitals twice to young children and adults that were sightseeing.” The guard said he had video recording of the incident that had been captured on the building surveillance. After 24 hours in police custody, the guard failed to produce any video evidence and the case was dropped by a judge. Sowemimo was aquitted and free to leave.
Wish the Acropolis just showed the video evidence they claimed to have. All this would have been put to bed long ago, but he lied about what I did and they lied about the CCTV evidence.— Adebola| Travel & Lifestyle (@mybreakingviews) August 5, 2019
Judges acquitted me – case closed!
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On the 1st August 2019, I was falsely accused for a 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐱𝐮𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐲 by a guard at the Parthenon Acropolis site. In his statement he said that I lifted my dress and flashed my geneitals twice to young children and adults that where sightseeing. This was complete fabrication, he also said that this was recorded on their surveillance camera at the site. This was never shown to me or the police when he gave his false statement. I spent the next 24 hours in police custody and was eventually taken to court to explain the truth. The judges could clearly see I was innocent and I was acquitted immediately. I am now being trolled on social media for speaking the truth. I understand people are entitled to their opinions as I am also, and I will continue to say that this was racism at its finest because other people where dressed similar if not in lighter outfits and I was targeted. I was not asked to leave I was screamed at in Greek and bunded into a room and was not told what I had done in English. I was lucky that my bf was able to translate to me what was being said. Please understand that this had nothing to do with what I was wearing, I don't think it is a crime not to wear a bra. I was arrested because I was falsely accused of something I didn't do. I would like to thank those that have supported me in such a traumatic incident. I can't express to you how terrified I was for something I would never do. Please let the truth be told. #TravellingWhileBlack
In an Instagram post Sowemimo stated that she has been trolled on social media since the incident took place and many have accused for for not dressing appropriately.
Despite the stressful incident Sowemimo recieved no fine and was released without any pending charges.