Couple Awarded $197,500 in Housing Discrimination Lawsuit Won't Tell Story Without More "Gain"

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The story of discrimination faced by an Egyptian Muslim couple who once lived in Tempe is a troubling one.

The couple, Soha Abdelrahman and her husband, Hany Ibrahim, were paid $197,500 by the owners of the apartment complex they used to live in, thanks to a settlement negotiated by the office of state Attorney General Tom Horne.

But Abdelrahman says she won't want to talk to New Times about their experience for free.

They're hoping to "be on Oprah" or possibly write a book about their experiences, Abdelrahman says.

"I need to know what I'm going to gain from this, if I told my story," she says after we called to ask her about the ordeal. "I don't want to waste my time without gaining anything." We wouldn't promise anything except to quote her accurately, but she wouldn't budge.

Perhaps Oprah will offer them a better deal.



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Beige Almighty
Beige Almighty

I think it is completely wise. Why open yourself up to the headaches of dealing with the media if you are not getting paid to do so? Why assume they do not want to "help others" just because they don't want to deal with a freebie circulation? Maybe they are helping through their own community groups, mosques, etc. Nor are they required to "help others" out of the goodness of their hearts.

After all, why would they want to help people that discriminate against them for their beliefs like you did with your comment.

Mrturkeyneck
Mrturkeyneck

Is it greed? Opportunism? Or wise? I don't know. Not my call. But I am glad they (New Times) put this out. I will be sure to NOT watch anything they are on. If they (the couple) were interested in actually helping others AT ALL and preventing someone else from having to go through the same ordeal they did, they would want to get the story out. Yeah, I am going to go with self serving greedy people. Not surprising, look at their beliefs...

alehound
alehound

Your 15 minutes is over. Go back to wherever you  spawned from.

durkadurka
durkadurka

We barter. I give you $5,000 for your story AND the girl. Is good deal boss.

Templeton
Templeton

Dozy cow, go choke on your money.

Tim Hanner
Tim Hanner

Really? Please New Times (and every fucking rag out there) give these people no more space. Who were we talking about? Kolb? Hmm...

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