Back in July, British crooner Morrissey got a first-hand lesson in American post-9/11 airport intimacy when he was catching a flight out of San Francisco International.
Except the rock legend made it into a much bigger deal, alleging his “penis and testicles” were groped by a TSA agent.
He even went so far as to issue a warning that anyone traveling through SFO should “expect sexual abuse from the so-called ‘security officers.'”
The TSA denied any wrongdoing, and issued this statement to Rolling Stone:
“TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect. Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.”
Here he is doubling down on those claims to Larry King, who we’re sure never has a problem with being groped:
If only there were a way we could check out that closed circuit footage.
Well, Gawker saw an opportunity and groped it — we mean grabbed it.
Via the Freedom Of Information Act (of all things), here’s the footage. Morrissey is the chap in the blue shirt:
A little handsy? Perhaps. And admittedly, the agent is blocking the camera when he kneels in front of the moody singer.
But we’d be fairly shocked if this TSA agent was just waiting for the opportunity to up his frisking game on Morrissey.