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Felicia Sonmez Bio – Felicia Sonmez Wiki
Felicia Sonmez is a Washington Post political reporter who was suspended after tweeting a story about NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations just hours after Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in California on January 26, 2020.
Sonmez tweeted a link to a 2016 Daily Beast report headlined “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.” The tweets sparked outrage and she later deleted them after “10,000 people” had commented and “emailed me with abuse and death threats.”
She wrote in the tweets screen-grabbed by journalist Matthew Keys, “Well, THAT was eye-opening. To the 10,000 people (literally) who have commented and emailed me with abuse and death threats, please take a moment and read the story — which was written 3+ years ago and not by me. Any public figure is worth remembering in their totality even if that public figure is beloved and that totality unsettling. That folks are responding with rage & threats toward me (someone who didn’t even write the piece but found it well-reported) speaks volumes about the pressure people come under to stay silent in these cases.”
Washington Post reporter @feliciasonmez deleted her crass tweets about Kobe Bryant. But screen grabs are forever – and I took some before she deleted the tweets.
Bye, Felicia. pic.twitter.com/IvNZHkiBam
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) January 26, 2020
Washington Post managing editor Tracy Grant told the Daily Mail that Sonmez was “placed on administrative leave” as The Post reviewed whether her tweets “violated The Post newsroom’s social media policy.” Grant added that “the tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.”
Kobe Bryant Rape Allegations
In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado hotel. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with the hotel worker but claimed their interaction was consensual. The case was dropped after Byrant’s accuser declined to testify in open court. Bryant later admitted to cheating on his wife, Vanessa Bryant.
Felicia Sonmez Washington Post Reporter Bio
According to Felicia Sonmez’s biography on The Washington Post website, she “is a national political reporter covering breaking news from the White House, Congress and the campaign trail. Previously, she spent more than four years in Beijing, where she worked first as a correspondent for Agence France-Presse and later as the editor of The Wall Street Journal’s China Real Time Report. She also spent a year in advanced Chinese language study as a Blakemore Freeman Fellow at Tsinghua University. From 2010 to 2013, she reported on national politics for TheWashington Post, starting as a writer for The Fix and going on to cover Congress, the 2012 presidential campaign and the early days of President Barack Obama’s second term. She began her career teaching English in Beijing and has also covered U.S. politics for the Asahi Shimbun and National Journal’s the Hotline.”
Felicia Sonmez Age
She was born in 1983. She is 37 years old.
Felicia Sonmez Education
Felicia Sonmez graduated from Harvard University, with a B.A. in Government in 2005.
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