Female reporter kissed on live TV as she covered music festival
MONTREAL — The latest incident of a female TV reporter being harassed on the job has the federation representing Quebec journalists calling for the public to be reminded such behaviour is unacceptable. Radio-Canada’s ValerieMicaela Bain was kissed on the cheek by an unidentified concert-goer as she went live from Montreal’s Osheaga music festival. Startled, she shoved him away and yelled at him before calmly continuing her report Friday night. “Kissing someone without their consent is no,’’ she wrote in a Facebook post outing the unidentified man with images and video that was then shared nearly 8,000 times.
“You’re bothering me. I’m working.’’
Stephane Giroux, head of the Quebec journalists’ federation, believes it’s a clear-cut case of sexual harassment.