A Brazilian prostitute is suing the U.S. Embassy, three Marines and a Brazilian staff member for injuries she claimed to receive when she was allegedly pushed out of a van in Brasilia.
The woman, Romilda Ferreira, says she met the four men at a night club in December last year. After an argument, the woman says she was pushed out of a vehicle and broke her collarbone two ribs and punctured a lung when the car ran over her in the nightclub’s parking lot, the State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked about the case and had a different story.
Still, the State Department says it will conduct an investigation. Ferreira is planning to sue for injuries, medical expenses and lost of income.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters during a visit to Brasilia that the incident was fully investigated and the military personnel involved had been “severely punished for the incident.
According to a defense official also no charges were filed by Brazilian authorities, Ferreira’s lawyers said they declined compensation of about $2,000 and requested about $80,000, which embassy officials refused to pay.