The investigation that led to the celebrated photographer - whose work hangs in the National Portrait Gallery - being tried was described in court as 'a shambles'.
To her, it often felt like being trapped in a dystopian world in which she could not make her version of events heard, no matter how hard she tried.
Although, in fact, she says she was the victim of assault, her own accusations were dismissed while her accusers' claims were pursued by police.Goodness me!
How can something like this happen to someone described as 'articulate and bohemian but resolutely middle-class', who once ran a charity which helps blind and partially sighted children to become involved in music, who helped out in charity projects for Cancer Research, and taught photography to disadvantaged students at City and Westminster College?
Surely it's only supposed to happen to the underclass? To those people who are stupid enough to object (verbally) to the wholesale changes wrought on society for our own good?
She was waiting to pay at the checkout when she noticed a man with two small children also queuing. They were joined by a woman wearing a hijab and a long black tunic who began unloading an overflowing trolley, one item at a time.
She says: 'I glanced over and thought, “This poor woman's going to be there for hours.”
Her husband was standing closest to me, so I said to him, “Will you help her?”
'He said, “I've got the children.”
I said, “Well, I can help her” and he replied, “What's it to you?”
I said, “This is what feminism's about - women helping women.”
He said, “Oh, get lost.”
I looked at the woman and said, “We live in a society in Britain where rights are equal - if you need help you can ask for it.” 'Oh, dear, I think I'm going to....
What's that German word again? Oh, yeah. Schadenfreude. I remember now...
I kept thinking, “When they watch the CCTV they'll see what happened.”
'I now know they had spoken to the couple before me and believed their story without even hearing mine.'*giggles*
'I felt the police had no interest in my side at all.
'They hadn't talked to any witnesses apart from the couple and a cashier who hadn't seen crucial parts of the incident.
'I felt like they just wanted me as a convenient statistic to help them meet a target.'Stop! My sides hurt too much!
And....has she learned anything from this? Is she horrified by the speedy way the legislation and policy she no doubt nodded approvingly over with her 'friends of different ethnic backgrounds' at parties has turned around and bitten her?
She says: 'I felt no animosity towards the couple.
'They probably couldn't believe their luck when the police believed them. I'm sure they had no idea how the situation would escalate. I understand that I could pursue my case against them, but I never wanted that in the first place.
'I just want to put the entire episode behind me.'Ah. That'll be a 'No' then...