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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-18-03 04:42 PM
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Mag editor threw tantrum, claim US customs
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Mag editor threw tantrum, claim US customs
November 18, 2003 - 5:03PM

Australian magazine editor Sue Smethurst was verbally abusive and threw a sandwich against a wall after she was detained at Los Angeles international airport, a United States customs spokesman said today.

Smethurst has said she was body-searched and "groped beyond belief" by US authorities during her 12 hour-plus detainment at the airport last week.

US Customs and Border Protection responded today, defending its treatment of the 30-year-old editor of New Idea.

"Every effort was made to be professional with her, but she was irate and threw a tantrum and was pretty verbally abusive and threateningly abusive as far as her verbal conduct," US Customs and Border Protection spokesman Michael Fleming told AAP. (snip/...)

This could have never happened in 2000. I don't think it's Smethurst.

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