Marie Auma, US president’s Barack Obama’s cousin is suing police in London over claims colleagues subjected her to a campaign of harassment and passed wind next to her desk.
Auma told a court that officers and staff at Southwark Police Station conspired to bully her – with two officers regularly breaking wind near her in a “primitive” and “loud” manner.
The 57-year-old, who was at American President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, claims she was constantly belittled and humiliated between 2007 and 2009.
The harassment began in 2007 when she was refused leave to visit the graves of her two brothers’ after they died in a car crash in Kenya and ended in her being medically retired with mental health difficulties, the court heard.
Ms Auma, of Green Lanes, Palmers Green, north London, is fighting for £400,000 compensation in a trial at Central London County Court. The Met denies liability.
Judge Simon Freeland QC heard Ms Auma, whose job involved liaising with crime victims on the Telephone Investigations Bureau, had been the victim of “21st Century bullying.”
Ms Auma is related to Mr Obama through her aunt, Kezia Obama, who is the president’s Bracknell, Berkshire-based step-mother.
Mr Daniels said Ms Auma had booked her trip to Kenya without first getting permission. He said senior staff had refused her leave before she even bought the flight ticket. The High Court hearing continues.