This one time, the Muslim victimhood game didn’t work. An update on this story. “Jury took just 15 minutes to clear photographer of abusing pregnant woman in Tesco,” by Tom Harper in the London Evening Standard, July 6 (thanks to Mick):
A celebrity photographer has spoken of her “immense relief” after being cleared of racially abusing a pregnant Muslim woman in a supermarket.
Cinnamon Heathcote-Drury was accused of shoving the woman to the floor and calling her a terrorist during a row at a Tesco’s in Kensington last November.
She was also alleged to have branded the hijab-wearing woman’s family “suicide bombers” and said: “I”m a British citizen. I don’t know where you came from.”
The 41-year-old burst into tears as she was unanimously cleared by a jury at Isleworth crown court.
She said: “I am delighted the jury took just 15 minutes to clear me of these baseless and abhorrent charges. It has been extremely tough to have this hanging over me for the past eight months. Naturally I am immensely relieved it is finally over.”
Ms Heathcote-Drury, who has 11 works hanging in the National Portrait Gallery, including pictures of Mayor Boris Johnson and Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman, had always denied the charge and claimed she was the one who was attacked.
She told jurors she had offered to help mother-of-three Mounia Hamoumi, who was six months pregnant at the time, unload her shopping trolley.
The court was told she had overheard the husband refusing to help his wife. She said: “I told him that is what feminism is all about, women helping women “” and he told me to “˜get lost”. The husband came over and said: “˜You f*** off”.”
Ms Heathcote-Drury, of Kensington, said she was tripped by the woman as she tried to get away from the row, saying: “I stumbled very badly forward and I felt a shooting pain in my left shin. She took a step forward and took a swipe at my head with her right fist and got me on my right cheek.
“I am the only one who was assaulted. I am the only one with injuries.”
And that in itself is telling.