Did Morrissey actually get inappropriately groped by a TSA agent at San Francisco International Airport as he alleges he did in July? The TSA says no, after reviewing the closed-circuit TV footage of the entire incident that you can review yourself above. And I have to say that watching the incident, and seeing said agent give pat-downs to men who come through the body scanner both before and after Morrissey, it does not seem like the guy did anything too unusual, though it is hard to tell what he's doing as he crouches down in front of the singer's groin area. Morrissey is the man in the untucked turquoise shirt who comes out of the scanner around the 0:20 mark.
The only odd thing about the video, actually, having gone through security at SFO plenty of times myself, is that it appears every single person coming through the scanner gets an additional pat-down. In my experience, they only pull aside people for pat-downs when the scanner shows some bit of metal or some other object in a pocket, and typically they just check the area where the item appeared on the scan. For some reason, everyone is getting a full frisk here. But it would be strange and ballsy (sorry) for someone doing anything untoward with regard to men's genitals to be doing so in such close proximity to several coworkers, no?
Morrissey's original version of events was the agent "crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles," and then "He quickly moved away as an older 'airport security officer' approached." The video doesn't really depict that, nor does Morrissey look at all bothered in the video. He does look annoyed, however, when he's taken over to the side at the end to have his hands swabbed for explosives by another agent.
As Gawker points out, when the notoriously "asexual" Morrissey spoke about the incident later to Larry King, he added the detail that the TSA agent "put his finger down my rear cleavage."
The TSA has responded, and via Rolling Stone gave a statement.
“TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect. Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.”
There is, also, an overhead cam shot here in which it is equally difficult to see what the officer is doing. Unquestionably, the officer seems to spend more time than necessary with this pat-down, but the video up top shows him doing exactly the same thing with the fellow who comes through before Morrissey.
Morrissey apparently has an assault claim pending against the airport and the unnamed officer which has yet to surface.