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Morrissey has claimed that he was sexually assaulted by a member of airport security staff at San Francisco International Airport earlier this week.

A detailed account of the incident was posted by the singer on True To You on Wednesday, in which he described what happened after he went through the scanner without setting it off.

Morrissey wrote: “Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays I was approached by an “airport security officer” who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles. He quickly moved away as an older “airport security officer” approached.”

“The officer who sexually assaulted me was identified as the General Manager On Duty. Luckily I was accompanied by two members of British Airways Special Services, who were horrified at the sexual attack and suggested that I lodge a complaint.”

The singer says that he was initially reluctant to filing a complaint, writing: “I asked if there would be any point in lodging a complaint since, as with any complaint against a figure in “authority”, the complaints are simply collected in order to protect the guilty officer should the matter go further.