A man groped a news reporter in Spain while she was live on TV.
The crew caught the man on camera, and he was arrested by police.
Spain was already reeling after its football chief, Luis Rubiales, publicly kissed a player, who said it was non-consensual.
Last month, Spain’s football chief, Luis Rubiales, publicly kissed a player on the field in celebration of the team’s World Cup win. The player said it was non-consensual, sparking a reckoning over sexual harassment and assault in the country.
FIFA eventually suspended Rubiales. And then he resigned.
Now, another instance of an unsolicited sexual assault is renewing outrage in Spain.
Isa Balado was reporting for the Spanish television channel “Cuatro” on a robbery in Madrid when a man came up behind her and touched her behind.
“Isa, forgive me for interrupting you but did he just touch your bottom?” Balado’s colleague and host Nacho Abad asked, according to a translation by the BBC. Balado answered that the man had groped her.
The incident got more bizarre as Abad asked the camera crew to put the man, whom Abad referred to as an “idiot,” on camera. Then, Balado confronted the man as he laughed about the assault.
“As much as you want to ask what channel we are from, do you really have to touch my bottom? I’m doing a live show, and I’m working,” Balado said to the man, BBC reported.
The man could be seen denying touching Balado’s butt before touching her on the head and walking away.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, Spain’s National Police announced on Tuesday that the man had been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting the reporter.
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