Reporter Alex Bozarjian was on live TV Saturday morning covering Savannah’s annual Bridge Run when a participant groped her as he passed by.
Bozarjian works for WSAV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Savannah.
A clip of the incident was posted to Twitter and had been viewed 7 million times by Sunday evening.
“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better,” Bozarjian wrote in a tweet.
Bozarjian was talking about the excitement of the event when the participant smacked her buttocks while running by. She briefly appears caught off guard by the incident before carrying on with her reporting.
A number of people have tweeted support for Bozarjian in response.
The viewer who posted the original clip said in a follow up tweet, “We watch @WSAV in our house every single morning. Their staff is like extended family to us. I'm furious about this.”
Robert Wells, the director of Savannah Sports Council, said in a tweet, “This will not be tolerated at our events. Glad we have race bibs and photos for easy identification.”
The sports council said the individual has been identified and would be banned from participating in future events.
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