Date
21 July 2017
Cathay Pacific says it will provide support to the complainant, saying it does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Photo: Bloomberg
Cathay Pacific says it will provide support to the complainant, saying it does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment. Photo: Bloomberg

Cathay executive arrested over upskirt photos of colleague

A Cathay Pacific executive is facing charges, accused of taking secret photos up a female colleague’s skirt.

The 39-year-old suspect, identified only as Robert, is a project manager in the airline’s aviation and information technology department, Apple Daily reports.

He was arrested and later released on bail and will report back to the police to face formal charges relating to “access to computer with criminal or dishonest intent”. 

The arrest came after the flight attendants’ union filed a police report of the incident, doubtful management would conduct its own investigation as promised.

The woman said she had been told by airline officials not to report the incident to the police, pending its own inquiry. 

But the union decided to proceed, saying only the police are authorized to search the content of the suspect’s camera and computer.

The woman is a flight attendant reassigned to a desk job due to pregnancy.

The incident happened on Friday when the suspect asked her for help with some computer issues, according to the police.

She said she noticed the man secretly take upskirt photos of her.

The man continued as she helped him with Chinese translations, she said.

When she filed a complaint to management, she was told to hold off on a police report while an internal investigation was pending.

She decided to reach out to the union.

Chairwoman Dora Lai Yuk-sim said the airline might be trying to cover up the incident to save its reputation.

Meanwhile, Cathay said in a statement that it will provide the woman with all necessary support, saying it does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment.

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