Paris assault: Man gets 6 months in jail for punching woman in face after she objected to wolf whistling
The man reportedly received an additional six-month suspended jail term and was also ordered to pay $2,300 in damages for attacking the 22-year-old woman Marie Laguerre.
The 25-year-old man, who was caught on camera punching a woman in the face in Paris, has reportedly been sentenced to six months in prison for "aggravated violence," according to reports.
The man reportedly received an additional six-month suspended jail term and was also ordered to pay $2,300 in damages for attacking the 22-year-old woman Marie Laguerre. The incident came to light after a video of the man punching the woman went viral. Reports state that the man, identified as Firas M., punched Laguerre in the face after she objected to him wolf whistling.
The man was subsequently arrested in August and was ordered by a Paris court to take a course in gender-related violence, according to ABC News.
Laguerre, while speaking to a crowd of journalists outside the court on Friday, said: "That's the most satisfying part of the verdict for me," and added that according to her the verdict was balanced.
The video of the incident was posted by Laguerre on Facebook last July as she said that she had done so in an effort to spotlight sexual harassment on the street. The video eventually went viral and an investigation was launched by the authorities shortly after.
"Last night, as I was coming back home in Paris, I walked past a man who sexually/verbally harassed me," Laguerre wrote in a post at the time. "He wasn't the first one, and I can't accept being humiliated like that, so I replied 'shut up.' He then threw an ashtray at me, before rushing back to punch me, in the middle of the street."
Man who punched woman in shocking viral video sent to prison for six months https://t.co/Uw3yT1XIR5— The Independent (@Independent) October 5, 2018
Ever since the incident, Laguerre has launched a website called "Nous Toutes Harcelement," or "We are all harassed," which encourages women to come out and share their stories of street harassment online, according to reports. "Few people are able to have their harasser facing justice. Every time we denounce these behaviors, it's progress," Laguerre told Le Monde.
A Paris court condemned Firas 's behavior and called it "aggravated violence." However, the court also determined that there was not sufficient evidence in the video to convict him of sexual harassment, according to the French newspaper LeMonde.