The day Sarig was arrested in March, he made a countercomplaint against Smith, that it was Smith who was the harasser.
“I am as far from a harasser as you could be,” she said in a phone call from her home, as her poodle mix barked in the background.
Not for the benefit of the harasser, of course, but for your own safety.
1610s, from French harasser "tire out, vex," possibly from Old French harer "set a dog on," and perhaps blended with Old French harier "to harry, draw, drag" [Barnhart]. Originally "to lay waste, devastate," sense of "distress" is from 1650s. Related: Harassed; harassing.