Tierra Young Allen, a truck driver and popular content creator who was stranded in Dubai for months for “shouting” in public, is finally en route back to the U.S.
She left the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday and will travel through the United Kingdom to get back to Houston.
According to the Associated Press, Radha Stirling, who runs the UAE advocacy group Detained in Dubai, confirmed the news. She also said Allen secured her freedom by paying a $1,360 deposit to Dubai authorities to clear the travel ban she faced.
It’s unclear whether Allen will face legal complaints against her in the UAE. Dubai police nor the U.S. State Department have addressed the situation since news of Allen’s release broke.
As Blavity reported, Allen and a friend were in a rental car in Dubai when they got into an accident. According to Allen’s mother, Tina Baxter, Allen and her friend went to the rental car company to get her ID, credit card and other items left in the car after the accident.
“She found out she could only receive those items if she paid an undisclosed amount of money. She dealt with a very aggressive individual a young man there who was screaming at her,” Baxter said, adding that the young man’s tone led her daughter to raise her voice.
Dubai authorities took Allen’s passport and placed her under a travel ban while investigating the incident. Allen’s attorney informed her that she may face jail time, as there was a video of the incident.
Insulting another person is a crime in the UAE, the Associated Press reported. Actions like raising a middle finger, swearing in public or even texting someone an unkind name can easily lead to criminal charges. Emirati law states that publicly insulting someone can carry a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of $5,450.
As the Associated Press reports, “Dubai police disputed Stirling’s description of the altercation, instead saying they received a complaint from the car rental agency about Allen ‘accusing her of slandering and defaming an employee amidst a dispute over car rental fees.'”
Meanwhile, Stirling said the cae car rental agency employee of “raised his voice” Allen and followed “her out of the shop in a threatening manner during the incident.”