‘You Violated And Objectified Me’


A local television reporter from Savannah, Georgia, is receiving widespread praise online for calling out the man who slapped her behind during a live broadcast of a race on Saturday.

In a clip of the assault that has received nearly 8 million views on Twitter, WSAV-3 reporter Alex Bozarjian can be seen covering the local race from the Talmadge Bridge Saturday morning as several runners enthusiastically wave at the camera.

“Woah. Not expecting that,” Bozarjian says laughingly at the start of the viral clip as a runner in a gorilla suit jogged past her.

However, moments later, Bozarjian could be seen visibly shocked after one man jogged past her while slapping her on the behind.

A few seconds later, Bozarjian continues with her coverage while still looking on in the direction of the male jogger.

Bozarjian responded to the viral clip on Saturday, blasting the man who she said smacked her on the behind.

“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” she said in the viral tweet, which has been received more than half a million like in the past day.

“No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better,” she added.

A spokesperson for the Savannah Police Department told NBC News that the office has been in touch with Bozarjian about the incident and that it will “be working with her in any capacity on how she’d like to move forward with this incident.”

The Savannah Sports Council confirmed via Twitter on Sunday that the male jogger has since been identified and that it “shared his information with the reporter and her station.”

“We will not tolerate behavior like this at a Savannah Sports Council event. We have made the decision to ban this individual from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races,” the group added.


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