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THE lawyer of the US woman blamed for the hit-and-run death of a teenager outside a Pentagon spy base in Britain has urged his family to “call off the media” before any meeting goes ahead with the grieving relatives.
Anne Sacoolas, who is reported to be married to a US intelligence official, was granted diplomatic immunity after the August 27 accident outside RAF Croughton, which killed 19-year-old Harry Dunn.
The spokesman for his family, Radd Seiger, revealed that Ms Sacoolas’s lawyer had said the “media frenzy is not helpful” and that Ms Sacoolas had received “abusive messages” over the case.
Commenting on the discussions he had been having with Ms Sacoolas’s lawyer over a potential meeting with the family, Mr Seiger said: “She keeps coming back, complaining about the media frenzy. She said the media frenzy isn’t helpful.
“So she’s asking me to call off the media and I went back and said: ‘Actually, I don't think this is helpful to us — it’s essential. We’re sorry it doesn’t suit her.’
“We would never deliberately set this sort of thing going, but we have a family that is on its knees over this.”
In response to Ms Sacoolas’s recent apology, Mr Seiger said: “I have seen those comments and obviously have no way of knowing whether those are indeed words which have been uttered by Ms Sacoolas herself.
“I am afraid that I am left with no other conclusion that this is an attempt by Ms Sacoolas to salvage her position after the tragic collision and her family departing to the US unannounced.”
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