A Kentucky television reporter who was caught alert when a stranger kissed her on the cheek as she recorded a live segment has a strong message for her husband and viewers: "This is not right."
Sarah Rivest reported on an affiliate of NBC WAVE 3 in Louisville for the Bourbon and Beyond Festival on Friday, when three men began to riot around it. A man in a black shirt and sunglasses pauses in his photo, then two men in red shirts pass in front of her and behind her. She is distracted for a short while, but retains her composure as she describes the new location of the festival.
She is in the middle of the sentence when the man in the black shirt comes back and kisses his cheek. "It allows people to focus on entertainment, music, the bourgeois … Oh-oh-kay," she responds as she pulls.
"OK, that wasn't appropriate," Rivest says while laughing. "Let's just get on with the story." After the package is running, a male anchor in the studio asks Rivest if she is "free from the kissing bandit," points to a nearby cop and suggests to "go down there and defend
." , maybe I need help, "she replies, laughing.
Later, Rivest tweeted the video segment and said, "Hi sir, here are 3 seconds of glory. How about not touching me? Thanks !!"
More than 300 people commented on tweets.
"I'm so angry with you. Good for you for calling him!", wrote one commenter.
"I'm angry with myself for laughing," Rivest replied.
She explained in a conversation on air with WAVE veteran reporter Dawne Gee Monday that she was shocked and "didn't know how to react." [1
She added that the man also pretended to hit his ass in the back." in his mind I'm sure he thinks this is harmless fun. He probably thought it would make his friends laugh and get a few seconds on television. "
Rivest said he wanted viewers to know. that incidents such as the one she experienced are "a disorder and an all-too-common occurrence."
"Journalists in the field, especially women, are again just trying to do their jobs, are harassed like this all the time, and it is not okay. If you want to act like an idiot behind me in a live shot, this is your choice, ”Rivest said. “But when you put your hands on me or someone else without their approval, it's wrong. "
She said she reported the incident to police, who told her that if the man was identified, he could be arrested for harassment with physical contact. The Louisville Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.  Rivest said that if the man's identity was not discovered. "I just hope that the woman or man in his life will see this and let him know … it's not funny," Rivest said. anyone in the workplace and harass them, and I just please, please, let me do my job. "
Rivet shared on Twitter that her loved ones also find the man's actions repulsive.
" If I were there, I would have shot him. ", her father wrote in a text she shared." Tell him I said that. Jerk. You did great. "
But perhaps one of the best reactions came from her 9-year-old" little sister "with Big Brothers Big Sisters program." Oh, my God, Miss Sarah. He stole your first kiss! "The girl says, according to Rivest." So rude! "