A journalist covering the carnival in Cologne, Germany was groped during a live broadcast bringing that city back in the spotlight with regard to the rising number of sexual assault cases being reported.
The journalist was covering the event for Belgian news channel RTBF. According to the edited video released, a man, who appeared from behind her, started making obscene gestures during the live telecast, and the woman claims he then kissed her on the neck.
“As I was waiting to wrap up my live, one of the three men touched my breast. At that moment, I lost my temper. I turned and told them in English: ‘I won’t allow this to happen twice! Don’t touch me. Don’t touch me,'” the journalist said.
The city has been on high alert following complaints of molestation, reported by hundreds of women during New Year Eve celebrations, by men described as being of North African or Arabic origin. A handful of the complaints alleged rape.
The carnival incident, however, does not appear to be related to the immigration crisis. “I’d like to emphasise, and this seems important me, that the incident has been caused by young men speaking German,” the journalist said.
The news channel, in a statement released, said they have decided not to re-broadcast the video and have released two still images of the incident.
“The station expresses respect and support for its colleague journalist and disgust and condemnation for the attackers,” it said in a statement, adding that it has filed a complaint with the Cologne authorities.