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United Airlines

Accused of Exposing Girl

To Masturbating Passenger

5/30/2013 2:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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United Airlines has just been accused of allowing a male passenger to masturbate next to a 17-year-old girl on board one of its flights last year.

Monica Amestoy -- now 18 -- has filed a lawsuit against UA, claiming she was flying back to L.A. from a high school debate tournament in New York last October when the incident occurred.

According to Amestoy, represented by Gloria Allred, a male passenger seated across the aisle from her exposed his penis to her during the flight ... and masturbated.

Amestoy says she complained to a flight attendant multiple times -- and the flight attendant did nothing to stop the man from continuing his behavior ... she wasn't moved, and the passenger wasn't addressed in any way.

Amestoy says the man briefly stopped masturbating while the flight attendant was nearby, but quickly resumed once the flight attendant left.

According to Allred, the man in question has since been arrested, prosecuted, and convicted in connection with the alleged crime. Allred says the man has also been ordered to register as a sex offender.

Amestoy is suing for negligence, false imprisonment, and intentional infliction of emotional distress -- demanding unspecified damages. A rep for United Airlines tells us, "The comfort and security of our customers is our top priority, and we will closely review this complaint when we receive it."

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46.

Kay    

False imprisonment? What a joke. What was the airline supposed to do? Give her a parachute?

321 days ago
47.

cynical me    

Umm, false imprisonment? They MADE her stay on the plane cause it was flyiing? How dare they!

321 days ago
48.

popsicleboy16    

what a load of horsecrap. frivelous lawsuit. seriously, how is it UA's fault this girl whos trying to play the "oh i was 17 a minor that makes it worth more". nonsense.. what a joke, hope this case gets thrown the F out upon arrival.

321 days ago
49.

Drew    

I don't think a solo effort gets you into the mile high club. Maybe Allred can add that to the suit and seek some declaratory relief.

321 days ago
50.

Beetlejuice    

Too bad I know this happened, but bringing in the bytch Allred ruins any credibility

321 days ago
51.

Beetlejuice    

BaBaBooey

321 days ago
52.

Pavlov    

People who hire Allred are not so much offended or wronged as they are greedy.

321 days ago
53.

M    

There's a very special place, in the worst neighborhood within hell, reserved just for greedy lawyers like Gloria Allred.

321 days ago
54.

Karvey Kardashian    

False imprisonment? So, I guess she would have preferred them tossing her out of the plane while thousands of feet in the air? I know close my eyes or avert my gaze away if there is something I don't want to see happening. Was she unable to look away from the guy across the aisle? Why isn't she suing the guy only? Oh maybe it is because she wants an easy payday without having to work for it!

321 days ago
55.

Stupidposts    

I am not saying that she not have a case, but why did she wait so long to file it? Why she have to get this lawyer? No other lawyer was "good" enough or something? If she was that traumatized why not file a lawsuit very soon after the incident?

321 days ago
56.

LW    

Typical of the airlines - massive insanity is overlooked while they charge you $$$$ to carry on your own bag.
Hope the lack of income hurts them DEEP.

321 days ago
57.

Brooke    

I like how it caused so much emotional distress that she wants x amount of money but yet it takes 1 year to file.
I call bullsh*t on her story.

321 days ago
58.

claude    

****

321 days ago
59.

karen    

The same thing happened to me many years ago on a flight from London. Eight hours sitting next to a pervert! It was disgusting!

321 days ago
60.

tal0822    

why didn't she just get up and move herself or talk to another attendant? No she sat there enjoying the show. Now its everybody's fault but hers.

321 days ago
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