New Delhi: While a female reporter was doing a live World Cup broadcast in Russia, last week, was groped and kissed by a man last week as, the entire act has been caught on tape.
In the video, Julieth Gonzalez Theran can be seen in a busy square telling the camera that behind her is a clock counting down until the start of the World Cup in the city. As she continues speaking, a fan storms into the shot and appears to put his hand over the reporter’s breast before planting a long kiss on her cheek, reports The Sun.
“RESPECT! We do not deserve this treatment,” she wrote in Spanish on an Instagram post that contained video of the incident. “We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment.”
“I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions,” she added. “When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation. But afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.”
Gonzalez Theran, from Colombia is based in Berlin according to her Instagram profile. She has also worked for ESPN as a freelancer, providing soccer reports from Germany.
“Lots of people think that the reporter is only there to bring some color to the picture,” she told Deutsche Welle, “but we want to talk about systems and strategy.”
Bibiana Steinhaus, Germany’s first female referee in the Bundesliga, called the man’s behavior “unacceptable.” “I feel for her, because this type of attack has happened several times in the past,” Steinhaus told Deutsche Welle. “Don’t kid yourself that similar misogynist things do not happen.”
Gonzalez Theran told The Washington Post that said she just wants to keep doing her job. “For me it is an isolated incident,” she said. “There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully. This one went too far.”