Man Accused Of Slapping Reporter's Bottom On Live Television Is Charged With Misdemeanor Sexual Battery
The manduring a live television report was arrested Friday, Savannah police said. Tommy Callaway, 43, was charged with misdemeanor sexual battery, Bianca Johnson of the Savannah police department confirmed to CBS News. Callaway posted bond, Johnson said.
Reporter Alex Bozarjian was covering the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run on Saturday when a man ran by and appeared to slap her bottom. The stunning clip, posted to Twitter on Saturday morning, shows the reporter for NBC/CW+-affiliate WSAV-TV speaking on camera and smiling by the side of the race as participants fly by before the apparent slap occurred.
On Tuesday's "CBS This Morning," Bozarjian said Callaway slapped her bottom hard as he ran by her. In a clip of the incident that has been viewed more than 11 million times, Bozarjian then looks on with a shocked expression on her face as the married father of two runs away.
Bozarjian told "CBS This Morning" that while Callaway's actions were more common several years ago, they're unacceptable. "It's not OK to help yourself to a woman's body just because you feel like it," she said. "It's not playful. He hurt me, both physically and emotionally."