Woman sues Delta, says she was groped on Seattle-to-Amsterdam flight

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Allison Dvaladze. (Photo credit: Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times)

SEATTLE (AP) — A woman who says being groped during an international flight prompted her to launch a campaign to draw attention to such mid-flight assaults is now suing Delta Airlines.

Allison Dvaladze says she was on an overnight flight from Seattle to Amsterdam in April 2016 when a stranger sitting beside her repeatedly grabbed her crotch.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle on Tuesday says she ran to the back of the plane to alert the flight crew.

She says flight attendants allowed her to change seats but did not contact law enforcement, and before landing, the crew tried to make her return to her original seat. She refused.

Delta did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

Dvaladze told The Seattle Times for a story published in December that the incident prompted her to launch a Facebook page to draw attention to the issue.

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