Eleanor Hawkins apologized for her actions atop a sacred mountain
(LONDON) — Eleanor Hawkins has returned to England and apologized to the people of Malaysia for having posed topless on a sacred mountain.
The student, who served a three-day jail term in Malaysia’s Sabah state before being set free, says she knows her actions had been wrong.
She said Sunday that “I know my behavior was foolish and I know how much offense we all caused to the local people of Sabah. For that, I am truly sorry.”
Hawkins was one of four foreigners charged in Malaysia after removing their clothes and posing for a photograph on Mount Kinabalu.
The 23-year-old seemed near tears as she read a statement outside her family’s home in Draycott, 120 miles (195 kilometers) north of London. She says she’s relieved to be home.