Morrissey says alleged airport sexual assault saw man ‘put his finger down my rear cleavage’

Singer also discussed recent cancer scare and battle with depression in Larry King interview

Morrissey has discussed a number of recent events in his life in a new interview with US television personality Larry King.

Appearing on the Larry King Now online show, the former Smiths frontman opened up about an alleged instance of sexual assault he claims to have been victim of at San Francisco airport, his recent cancer scare, as well as his lifelong battle with depression.

Morrissey recently claimed that he was sexually assaulted by airport security at San Francisco International Airport last month.

Posting a statement to fan site True To You, the singer alleged that the incident took place on July 27 as he prepared to board a British Airways flight to London.

While Morrissey had previously claimed that a security officer “crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles”, he has now elaborated on the alleged incident to King: “Would you like the absolute truth? They are horrific. He put his finger down my rear cleavage.”

He added: “Why would he want to [do that]? Why would he need to? Everything was fine but then he went straight for my private bits and then he put his finger down my rear cleavage.”

A spokesperson for the US Transportation Security Administration previously denied Morrissey’s claims.

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Last year, Morrissey revealed that he had been treated for cancer, stating, “If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t,” regarding the procedures.

Now, the singer has added: “Cancer was found, yes. I had Barrett’s, which is the oesophagus. They scrape it occasionally and I have medication. But I’m OK. Lots of people have it and they fade away. Some other people have it and they don’t fade away.”

Asked about his current health situation, Morrissey described himself as “blooming”. He did, however, discuss his struggles with depression.

“For me, [depression] didn’t really ever get better,” he said. “I’ve had it for many years, I refer to it as the ‘black dog’, and it doesn’t go away. It’s usually the first thing in the morning, or the day, whenever you wake up [that you think of it]. It’s a part of being a sensitive, open human. I don’t [take medication] but I’ve been through everything and it’s pointless. It’s a state of mind and a frame of mind.”

Watch clips from the interview below.

Morrissey appeared on James Corden’s The Late Late Show to perform his song ‘Kiss Me A Lot’ on Tuesday night (August 18).
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