A Belgian reporter was sexually abused live on TV while covering the Cologne Festival in Gemany. The incident took place in the Alter Markt district.
Esmeralda Labye, from Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) was reporting on the first day of the festival when two men from european origin made obscene gestures and disturbed her during her live news session.
“When I started my broadcast at 1.14pm, two or three men monopolised attention. I didn’t see them, as I was focusing on my live broadcast and they were behind me,” Labye told Mail Online.
“Almost immediately, a young German sang in my ear: “Would you sleep with me tonight?” Then I felt two hands rest on my shoulders,” she stated.
“I got a kiss on the back of the neck. It was women’s day in Cologne, and there was a lot of kissing. In this context I wasn’t worried, so I continued my report,” she added.
After cutting off from the 90 second live session, the Belgian reporter lost her temper and warned them to stop touching her.
Police is investigating the case and rechecking the footage. The authorities have not confirmed the identity of abusers.
Over 22 complaints of sexual assault were recorded during the festival, according to Cologne police. Strong security measures have been pulled up now. Last year, only nine cases were reported, but this year the cases are reportedly high, 9News said.
On an average around 50 cases of sexual harassment are recorded every year in Germany, majority of them during the massive gathering in festival. Most of the women in western German city have also recently claimed that they were assaulted by North African and Arab men during New Year festivities. Thousands of cases have been reported so far.
On New Year’s Eve, Cologne observed a number of sexual harassment cases, which shocked the entire community in Europe. More than 100 women were sexually assaulted and robbed, during the annual celebration.