Rushed to a waiting car in handcuffs, looking dishevelled and exhausted, the world’s first glimpse of Tara Brown after two weeks inside a Beirut prison looked ominous.
But according to Brown, who spoke with News Corp after yesterday’s court appearance, “It looked much worse than it was.”
“They were trying to protect me from the cameras, it might have been easier for me to turn my head,” she said of the images that have since made front pages around the country.
The pictures of Brown and Sally Faulkner were the first sightings the media has had of the crew – which also includes Stephen Rice, Ben Williamson and David Ballment – since they were detained in Beirut 14 days ago.
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But according to Sally Faulkner – the mother at the centre of the arrest – the two found being swamped by international press photographers funny.
“We were laughing in the car, all we wanted to do was not get her photo taken,” she said.
Speaking to News Corp, Brown was cautious in her answers in a bid to ensure the case, which is set to resume on Wednesday, would not be jeopardised by her comments.
But when asked about her appearance Brown gave insight into the sparse living conditions inside the jail: “I don’t even have my hairbrush in here. Did they seriously think we have some sort of beauty salon here?”
Faulkner (left) and Elamin (right) with their two children, Noah and Lahela.
But apart from he lack of creature comforts, Brown said both she and Faulkner were being treated well.
Along with the child recovery experts, the group travelled to Beirut for a botched "child rescue mission" that was attempting to reunite Faulkner with her two young children who had been living in Lebanon with their father, Ali Elamin.