BEIRUT: MP Nicolas Fattoush Monday punched an office worker in the neck after she refused to prioritize his file at the Baabda Judicial Palace, a source inside the courthouse told The Daily Star.
Fattoush arrived to the office of Manal Daou, an administrative officer responsible for processing complaints by lawyers. The lawmaker handed Daou his file and asked her to expedite it, but she responded that she was already working on another file, and that he would have to wait a few minutes before she could help him.
Angered by her request, the Zahle MP notified Daou of his position in government, and demanded that she give him priority. The situation quickly escalated with the office worker refusing to make an exception, and repeating for him to wait with the other visitors.
Fattoush then raised his voice and began to punch her repeatedly in the throat, the source said.
Daou’s coworkers and Fattoush’s bodyguard quickly intervened, creating a ruckus in the facility that was only brought to a calm after the MP and his bodyguard left.
The staff expressed their anger over Fattoush’s attack, and called on authorities and Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi to respond to the case.
The sources said that many people witnessed the incident, and that Daou had filed a lawsuit against Fattoush through the office of the prosecutor.
But later in the day Mount Lebanon Judge Claude Karam sat the two parties down to make up, after which Daou agreed to drop the lawsuit, the source said.