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TV Newswoman Groped While Doing Live World Cup Report

TV Newswoman Groped While Doing Live World Cup Report
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By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 08:36 AM

A TV newswoman was groped while doing a live World Cup report for German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, leaving the reporter stunned as she tried to finish delivering her story.

Julieth Gonzalez Theran was reporting for DW's Spanish-language news channel from Saransk, Russia last Friday when a man suddenly appeared, grabbed her breast and kissed her on the cheek before quickly disappearing into the crowd, DW reported.

She managed to complete her report after a brief moment of shock.

"I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions," said Gonzalez Theran. "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 told DW that she blamed the macho sports culture for the incident that makes female reporters like her targets for abuse.

"Lots of people think that the reporter is only there to bring some color to the picture," Gonzalez Theran told DW. "But we want to talk about systems and strategy."

In April, Fox Sports Mexico reporter Maria Fernanda Mora responded to a groping soccer fan by hitting him with her microphone in a video that went viral on social media.

Mora could be seen in the live shot immediately turning around and hitting the fan several times with her microphone before walking off camera.

"What happened to me early last Thursday happens to thousands of women every day in countless public spaces," Mora said about the incident. "The difference is that it happened to me during a live link television and I decided to defend myself."

Sports Illustrated said Gonzalez Theran posted the video on Instagram with a caption in Spanish that said: "We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment."

Journalists, other news outlets, and fans came to Gonzalez Theran's defense on social media.

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