Society 09:11 28/04/2012

Brazilian ex-prostitute plans suit against U.S. Embassy

A former prostitute plans to sue the U.S. Embassy in Brazil, alleging that members of its security team in December threw her from a van and ran over her, the woman's attorney said, CNN reported.

Romila Aparacida Ferreira showed CNN photos of injuries she claimed she received in the incident.

"These are the tire marks," she said about one photo. "They run down my side and across my abdomen."

Ferreira claimed she suffered a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and a punctured lung.

The story broke this week, eliciting a comment from visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The Marines involved were disciplined and are no longer in Brazil, he said.

"They were reduced in rank and they were severely punished for that behavior. I have no tolerance for that kind of conduct, not here or any place in the world," Panetta said.

The incident is the third to come to light this month involving alleged transgressions by U.S. government employees or military personnel.



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