BBC reporter slapped after accidentally groping woman who interrupted live interview (VIDEO)
The footage shows Brown interviewing the BBC’s assistant political editor, Norman Smith, about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s manifesto before they are interrupted by a woman who jumps into the frame.
Bit of a boob by Ben Brown.... pic.twitter.com/M14KZxlClB— Jason Farrington (@CameramanJase) 16 May 2017
In a bid to keep her from interrupting the live broadcast, Brown pushes the woman backwards, without realizing his hand is on her breast.
The woman at first looks startled, before slapping Brown on the shoulder and walking away.
Brown and Smith continued their discussion without so much as a blink, but the footage was soon picked up by social media users, who took to Twitter to blast the reporter.
One mocked Brown saying the BBC stands for the "Big Breast Cupping".
Some things never change in the BBC I thought it meant British broadcasting corp not Big Breast Cupping https://t.co/mplBd1lHhq— Rog (@Rogred76) May 16, 2017
Others were shocked by the apparent assault.
OMG, did that BBC reporter just thrust that woman back by her breast??? @BBCBreaking— Jane Holland (@janeholland1) May 16, 2017
Some even called for the BBC reporter to be fired.
Brown himself later tweeted that the groping was “completely unintentional,” and justified his actions by saying he was trying to “minimise disruption” of a live broadcast.
Unfortunate interruption of broadcast in Bradford - just tried to minimise disruption but v tricky live on air - completely unintentional— Ben Brown (@BenBrownBBC) May 16, 2017
Not everyone was satisfied with the explanation, however.