UN chief accused of sexual assault against employee

Martina Brostrom says Dr Luiz Loures grabbed her, forcibly kissed her and tried to drag her to his hotel room.
Martina Brostrom says Dr Luiz Loures grabbed her, forcibly kissed her and tried to drag her to his hotel room. Photo credit: Facebook

A United Nations employee has accused a top official in the organisation of sexual assault.

Martina Brostrom, a policy advisor at UNAIDS, told CNN that UN assistant secretary general Luiz Loures grabbed her in a hotel elevator, forcibly kissed her and tried to drag her to his hotel room during a conference in 2015.

He denies the allegations.

"He starts shoving his tongue into my mouth, trying to kiss me," Ms Brostrom said. "He is groping my body, including my breasts. The elevator door opens and he tries to forcefully pull me out of the elevator -- drag me towards the corridor of his room.

"He says, 'Come, come in my room.' I was pleading with him, and I was just bracing with all that I could just to not leave the elevator."

While a 14-month internal investigation found her claims were unsubstantiated, Ms Brostrom said this inquiry was "deeply flawed".

Two other women have reported similar incidents involving Dr Loures to CNN in the past.

Dr Loures is leaving the United Nations at the end of the week. The organisation says this was his decision.

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