Doctor Victor Sorrentino, who was detained in Egypt after posting a video in which he says sexually related words to a Muslim saleswoman, made his first public statement after returning to Brazil. In a live posted this Tuesday night (8) on Instagram, where he has 932,000 followers, he apologized for having released the video in which he exposes the woman, said he left Egypt without owing anything to Justice and that he passed “the best and worst moments” of his life in the country.
“They investigated me and it was a tedious investigation. I really, really suffered. I spent the best and worst moments of my life. The worst because I never imagined that I would go through that and I never imagined that my family would go through what they went through. They didn’t hear from me for a while. This investigation was very painful because they don’t know how much people here were suffering,” he said.
The doctor was detained in Egypt after releasing a video on his social networks in which he appears talking in Portuguese with a papyrus seller. “You really like the hard ones, right?”, asks the doctor. “Long is also nice, right? The long papyrus.” Apparently embarrassed, the Muslim saleswoman says yes, smiles and is laughed at by the doctor and his Brazilian companions.
During the live, in which he wore a T-shirt with the phrase “Father of all trades”, Sorrentino cried several times. The broadcast has been viewed over 300,000 times and has, to date, nearly 9,000 comments. His wife, Kamila Monteiro, posted videos on her Instagram profile of her husband’s arrival at home, being hugged by his son.
The doctor said several times that he does not want to justify his actions, that he assumes he was wrong and that he was “childish and unhappy”. “I’m man enough to recognize all my mistakes.”
He then tells the “context” of what happened. She claims that she did not have time to research Egyptian culture because the trip was decided three days in advance and that the atmosphere in the papyrus shop where the saleswoman worked was a joke, including a sexual one. It also says that she speaks Portuguese fluently.
Then he showed a photo in which he posed beside the waitress, with mythological figures drawn with his penis erect in the background, and a video of other local vendors making jokes about the size of Brazilians and Egyptians’ penises.
“They edited the video, just that part, translated it into the Arabic language and posted it on social networks,” he said. “Do you realize that in that playful atmosphere, making an oversight like I did… And this oversight is a mistake, not measuring words, using the wrong words in a joke that I had no right to do with her, even though we I had asked to film her explaining things… This can take a gigantic dimension. I was super unhappy with the joke I played.”
“A person like me, who touches so many lives of so many people, had no right to do that”, he added at another time.
Sorrentino acknowledged that he was “reactive” to the first negative messages he received about the video and that he was slow to erase it. He also reiterated that he apologized to the seller and her family several times.
According to him, the Egyptian did not want to file a complaint or accept any type of payment. In live, the doctor refers to himself in the third person several times.
“The authorities decided in everything they investigated of the facts that there was no reason to file a lawsuit for Victor, there was no reason to deport Victor, there was no reason to withhold Victor’s passport and that therefore Victor should follow his course to he married with his passport, being able to return to Egypt whenever he wanted without having to pay anything at all except the price of suffering for practically six days being investigated under conditions that are different from those in Brazil.”
Sorrentino denied being a Pocketnarista, as reported by the press for defending early treatment against Covid-19 — proven to be ineffective — and for having a video of President Jair Bolsonaro saying he is his “brother in uniform and in faith”. “I’m not a pocket narist, I voted, voting for someone is not a pocket narist. It was simply an option I made at that time, I have no idols in politics.”
Report from leaf showed that he offered consultations in Portugal without having his medical degree validated in the European country.
The doctor claimed to have been the target of a “summary trial” on social media, which he likened to the Inquisition and the Nuremberg Court — a trial organized by the Allies against the Nazis after World War II. “It’s a court of exception, like the Nuremberg Court, the most famous, right? In which the Allies were placed to judge the Nazis. I’m not defending Nazis, but it was a court of exception, in which a way to prejudge people is sought.”
According to the doctor, his family and friends suffered attacks and threats. “They were tried, attacked, threatened because of 15 seconds of a video for which I apologized. From a mistake that is apparently unbailable, using wrong words. The same people who are sometimes defending people who raped others, right?”
He said, however, that he received thousands of messages of support and that in the six days he spent being investigated he felt “very close to God” and was transformed. “One thing I was sure, I needed to evolve, I needed to bring something positive to those who listen to me, I have this possibility to touch many lives.”