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Tuesday February 20th 2018



Google technical writer accuses Twitter Engineer Florian Leibert of sexual assault

Google technical writer Noirin Shirley claims that she was sexually assaulted by Florian Leibert, a Twitter engineer, at a pub near the ApacheCon technology conference in Atlanta last week.

On her blog, Shirley described the alleged assault as follows:

And then I went to the loo, and as I was about to go in, Florian Leibert, who had been speaking in the Hadoop track, called me over, and asked if he could talk to me.

He brought me in to the snug, and sat up on a stool. He grabbed me, pulled me in to him, and kissed me. I tried to push him off, and told him I wasn’t interested (I may have been less eloquent, but I don’t think I was less clear). He responded by jamming his hand into my underwear and fumbling.

Shirley, who apparently reported the incident to the Atlanta Police Department, gave the following reasons for her decision to publicly blog about the alleged sexual assault:

It’s not the first time something like this has happened to me, at all. It’s not the first time it’s happened to me at a tech conference. But it is the first time I’ve spoken out about it in this way, because I’m tired of the sense that some idiot can ruin my day and never have to answer for it. I’m tired of the fear. I’m tired of people who think I should wear something different. I’m tired of people who think I should avoid having a beer in case my vigilance lapses for a moment. I’m tired of people who say that guys can’t read me right and I have to read them, and avoid giving the wrong impression.