KEY POINTS

  • Chilean dancer Geri Hoops claims she was assaulted by CBP officers 
  • She claims they forced her to dance and sexually abused her 
  • She says her life has been hell ever since the incident 

“If you’re going to rape me, kill me.” This was the plea a woman claims she expressed to Customs and Border Protection officers whom she said assaulted her early last week.

Thirty-one-year-old Geraldine Rodriguez Olivares claims she was assaulted and objectified by CBP personnel at an airport in Puerto Rico on her way back to the Dominican Republic.

The Miami Herald reports that Rodriguez, a twerk dancer who goes by the performer name Geri Hoops, was on an international tour when she was taken into a room at the airport by CBP officers and was forced to twerk while several officers threw dollar bills at her and slapped her on the backside. She was then stripped naked and sexually assaulted.

As soon as she landed, Rodriguez frantically started to notify her family about the event. She claims she was irreparably traumatized by the incident.

“When I got to Chile, I only had one idea in my mind, and that was to kill myself,” Rodriguez said. “I didn’t know how I was going to tell my boyfriend what they had done to me. I was ashamed.”

Rodriguez, who spoke to the Miami Herald several times, gave horrifying reports of being belittled, abused and insulted because of her career choice, claiming one of the officers told her, “Didn’t you come to make a show?” She said that other officers then chimed in, “Well, perform it now.”

About six hours after she arrived at Santo Domingo Airport, she met with the Chilean Consul to discuss the assault that took place. The Consul was alerted by her friend and ex-boyfriend after they both received alarming texts from the performer immediately following the incident.

After initially being turned away by the Chilean Forensic Medical Service, she was subsequently examined by an agency gynecologist. The medical report found no visible bruising but said Rodriguez complained of pain and a discharge. Sexual-assault experts from Jackson Memorial Hospital contacted by the Herald said any evidence would have likely disappeared by that time.

She has, to date, only given a partial statement to the authorities who are moving slowly on the investigation. The Chilean prosecutor in charge of the case, Paulina Cabrera Garnham, declined to speak to the Herald because the investigation is ongoing.