(Madrid) A man was arrested in Madrid after putting his hand on the buttocks of a journalist during a live television broadcast, the national police announced Tuesday, in the midst of the Luis Rubiales affair, named after the former -Spanish football boss who resigned after forcibly kissing a player.
“A man arrested for sexually assaulting a reporter while she was reporting live on television #Madrid,” police said on “X”, formerly Twitter, showing a man handcuffed from behind escorted by two agents.
The controversy began early Tuesday afternoon when a live broadcast from the journalist, Isa Balado, was broadcast on the Cuatro television channel, who was in a street in Madrid reporting on a robbery.
While she holds her microphone in front of the camera, a man comes into the shot from behind and puts his hand on her buttocks.
The young woman then asks him to let her work. On set, the presenter, a colleague of the journalist, intervenes: “Sorry Isa, I’m interrupting you, but did he put a hand on your ass there? “. He demands to be able to speak to the man in question: “Hand me this imbecile,” he says.
The journalist confirms the gesture and addresses the attacker again to ask him to let her work. The camera then shows the man, who is wearing sunglasses and who denies having touched her buttocks.
While she asks him to leave the premises, the individual strokes her hair before leaving.
On set, while the young woman apologizes, the presenter does not lose his temper and declares: “we filmed it (…). You don’t have to be sorry. You do your job and then comes this idiot who touches your ass live without any rights.”
The television station said on its website that it had called the police.
For one of the channel’s star journalists, Diego Losada, very famous in Spain, “attacking Isa is like attacking any of us. In a society that we want to be better, this can no longer happen like this, this feeling of impunity can no longer exist.”
Acting Minister for Equality Irene Montero, for her part, wrote on X: “Non-consensual touching is sexual violence and we say enough to impunity”.
For three weeks, Spain has been agitated by the affair of the president of the Spanish football federation Luis Rubiales who resigned following his kiss on the mouth and by surprise given to the player Jennifer Hermoso after the world coronation of the Feminine “Roja”.
Luis Rubiales is summoned Friday at 12 p.m. (6 a.m. Eastern) by an investigating judge “to be heard as an accused” and to respond to the accusations of “sexual assault” brought against him.