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Tamar Ben Haim files a complaint for assault by an off-duty secret service agent

The Israeli woman who was allegedly assaulted in July by an off-duty Secret Service agent – who was in Jerusalem preparing for President Biden’s visit – filed a civil lawsuit on Monday.

Tamar Ben Haim brought the case in DC federal court against the unidentified officer over the July 12 attack, which took place in an alley as she was returning home around 1 a.m.

The 30-year-old graphic designer says the man – whom she saw had a gun – “started hitting and slapping her” and she thought “those were his last moments on Earth”.

The man “held Tamar tightly, punched her in the chest, repeatedly slapped her, knocking her earring and headphones to the floor,” the court documents allege.

Ben Haim screamed for help but no one came until a man who was accompanying his attacker abducted him before leaving the scene, according to the file.

Tamar Ben Haim sued the Secret Service agent who allegedly assaulted her in Jerusalem in July.

The Israeli says she reported the assault to the police “immediately afterwards”, and the cops arrested her alleged attacker – but eventually released him and sent him back to the United States.

She would later find out that the man – who had just walked out of a bar – was an off-duty Secret Service agent who was working ahead of time for Biden’s visit, according to the documents.

Ben Haim says the incident left her traumatized and caused her to have trouble sleeping as well as anxiety, depression and fatigue. She also now has headaches and difficulty breathing, according to the costume.

US President Joe Biden standing to the left of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as Israeli President Isaac Herzog talks to Holocaust survivor Rena Quint, in the Hall of Remembrance of the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem , July 13, 2022.
The agent was in Jerusalem to help prepare for President Biden’s upcoming visit.
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The woman also says she now has to see a psychologist and psychiatrist regularly to help her deal with the trauma.

In the lawsuit, Ben Haim’s lawyer, Marc Zell, argued that the Secret Service was protecting his attacker.

“The defendant – together with the defendant’s employer – is attempting to evade justice by refusing to disclose his identity,” the lawsuit charges.

President Biden poses with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
Ben Haim claims that the Secret Service will not reveal the agent’s name to him.
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Ben Haim says she filed a request for the man’s identity to be released under the Freedom of Information Act, which the Secret Service denied. She has a pending appeal in that case, according to the lawsuit.

In an interview shortly after the attack, Ben Haim told Fox News that a “big man” hit her “again and again” like a “punching bag.”

“I was in shock,” she said at the time. “He was so strong… I couldn’t even try to defend myself. In my head, I thought, ‘You won’t survive this. It’s the end of your life.'”

According to Ben Haim, she was forced to lie in bed for three days, unable to move due to pain. The agent’s access to Secret Service systems and facilities was suspended while the agency investigated, she said at the time.

When Ben Haim found out he was in the Secret Service after being contacted for an interview by an Israeli TV station, she said, “I just felt angrier, more hurt.”

“He’s not a homeless man on the street. He’s a trained fighter,” she said.

“He’s not someone from a third world country. America is the example of the world and he is working for the president,” she told Fox. “They just sent him back to where he came from as if nothing had happened, and they expect me to get on with my life.”

The Secret Service returned a request for comment to the Department of Justice – which did not receive an immediate response on Monday.

Additional reporting by Steven Nelson