Spanish TV reporter sexually assaulted by man during on live AIR show
Reporter Isa Balado even confronted the pervert on live TV but the man denied groping her
MADRID, SPAIN: In a shocking incident in Spain, a journalist was allegedly sexually assaulted live on air by a man on the street in broad daylight.
Isa Balado of the Cuatro channel was reporting a robbery in Madrid when a man approached her and appeared to grope her bottom on camera.
This Spanish reporter was reporting on a robbery live on TV when a man came up from behind her and groped her bottom 👇 pic.twitter.com/xO8ACrT9kq— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) September 16, 2023
Man sexually assaults reporter Isa Balado during live air
During the bizarre incident, Balado held the hand of the man and paused her report on surveillance video of a robbery at a convenience store and kindly informed him in Spanish: "Just a second, we're live."
She then patted the man's chest and, apologized to the audience for the interruption and resumed her original broadcast. But after watching the bizzare scene, Balado was interuppted by her male program host, Nacho Abad.
"Isa, pardon me, I have to interrupt," Abad said, as the reporter held her earpiece and smiled through yet another flustered moment. "Did he touch your butt?" her colleague inquired, as reported by People.
Isa Balado confronts man who assaulted her
As the camera panned to reveal the man, Balado paused, brushed her hair back as if to prepare herself, and confronted him.
Balado said to the man, "Even if you want to know what channel we're on, you really don't need to touch my butt. I'm broadcasting live and I'm working."
To which the man replied, "I didn't touch your butt." She sighed, and said, "Yes, you did it."
The man then said, "I didn't mean to touch your butt," waving his hands. "I respect you, okay? I didn't want to touch your butt," he added.
Balado then said, "Vale, that's enough," adding, "Please, leave me to my work."
Minister of Labor and Social Economy took up issue on social media
This incident sparked outrage in Spain. Yolanda Díaz, Spain's Minister of Labor and Social Economy even adressed this incident on X (formely Twitter).
He wrote, "Machismo is what causes journalists to have to suffer sexual assaults like this and why the aggressors are without any type of remorse in front of the camera."
El machismo es lo que hace que periodistas tengan que sufrir agresiones sexuales como esta y que los agresores estén sin ningún tipo de remordimiento delante de la cámara. No puede quedar impune.— Yolanda Díaz (@Yolanda_Diaz_) September 12, 2023
La profesional @IsaBalado jamás tendrá la culpa. #SeAcabó
The National Police has since arrested the man after the video was shared on X. The authorities shared the video of his arrest and wrote, "sexually assaulting a reporter while she was doing a television live shot," as the reason for his arrest.