You might remember seeing the bathtub picture of what was thought to be Hasna Ait Boulahcen, a woman who died during a French counter terrorism raid last week. She was the cousin of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected organiser of the attack which killed 130 people.
Racy headlines about a "skanky suicide bomber" and "thug in the tub" blasted the front pages of the New York Post and Daily Mail. But there were a few problems—most immediately of which was the fact that the girl in the tub was not actually the Paris attack accomplice.
Instead, it was of an innocent, totally unrelated Moroccan woman named Nabila Bakkatha, who says that now she cannot leave her house as is living in fear.
Bakkatha alleges that her personal photos were sold to a journalist by an opportunistic former friend seeking revenge on her. She told CNN that she is now suing that friend and the journalist who bought them.
Bakkatha has good reason to be angry. She says that she only found out about the photo’s circulation after another friend called and said her face was all over the news.
While the news outlets have corrected their mistakes, and removed the bathtub photo, it is clear that the damage is already done.
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