Man arrested after grabbing Black reporter, yelling obscenities during live shot

Authorities have arrested a Chicago man for assaulting a TV reporter while she was on-air

A Chicago man was arrested after he grabbed a TV reporter during a live broadcast on Saturday night.

Gaynor Hall was giving an introduction to a story about damages that Shorewood, Illinois had sustained from a recent windstorm. During the live shot, a man ran up to Hall, grabbed her, and shouted “f*ck her right in the p*ssy” at the camera.

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The station, WGN, quickly moved to cut the shot and later apologized to viewers for the language while assuring viewers that Hall was “fine.” 

In a Facebook post, Hall wrote, “Thanks to your help, he was identified and arrested. Thank you all so much for your kind words and support. I am ok and I appreciate you more than you know.” 

Gaynor Hall assault
Gaynor Hall assault

She also wrote a message directly to the man, “It was not funny. You violated my personal space. You grabbed me. You scared me. Was it worth it?

The man was not wearing a face covering, amid the coronavirus pandemic, exposing Hall to possible infection. 

His comment proved to be a copy cat prank from a viral “news” clip that hit the internet in 2014.

The clip that inspired the recent Hall incident showed a man clad in a black hoodie responding to how a local area was being affected by an oil spill, “I was sitting on my front porch, grabbed a beer,” the man says, “and “f*cked her right in the p*ssy!”

But, the report was not real. Instead, it was a viral hoax. However, the man who accosted Hall was very real. 

On Twitter, she shared the link to her Facebook page with the caption, “Tough night.”

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Viewers have offered support to Hall with hundreds of comments on her post filled with sympathy, prayers, and support. 

In December 2019, a female reporter was sexually assaulted in Savannah, Georgia. While covering a race, a man ran past Alex Bozarjian and patted her backside.

She later said, “To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should ever have to put up with this at work or anywhere.”