Colombian correspondent groped on live television during World Cup report

Lawrence Kim
June 22, 2018

A female journalist was sexually assaulted live on air during coverage of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russian Federation last week, CNN reported on Wednesday.

Ms Gonzalez Theran, who was working for the Spanish language channel of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle, appears to be momentarily shocked before quickly recovering her composure and carrying on with the broadcast.

As the BBC first reported, the entire incident was captured on video and, with Gonzalez Theran's consent, has been posted online by her employer, which accurately called it both an "attack" and "blatant harassment".

But the moment she went live, the guy ran up to her and took advantage of the situation. We are equally as professional and deserving.

Colombian sports correspondent Julieth Gonzalez Theran was doing her job, reporting on the World Cup for DW Espanol ahead of the Russia-Saudi Arabia soccer match, when a man walked up to her, grabbed her breast, and kissed her cheek.

Describing her horror, Theran said that she was at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast. "I share the joy of football but we must identify the limits between affection and harassment", she wrote.

It all happened in a flash according to a report published by Deutsche Welle (DW) on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. "There are always fans that compliment you and behave respectfully".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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