An Indiana man thought it was funny at the time, but likely isn’t laughing now.
That’s because he’s been charged with a crime after allegedly kissing a Louisville TV reporter while she was in the middle of a live broadcast.
Sara Rivest, a reporter for WAVE-TV, was reporting from Bourbon & Beyond, a music festival, when the incident occurred last week, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.
She later tweeted a video clip showing what happened, calling the kiss “unacceptable.” That tweet has since gone viral.
Hey mister, here’s your 3 seconds of fame. How about you not touch me? Thanks!!pic.twitter.com/5O44fu4i7y
— Sara Rivest (@SRivestWAVE3)September 20, 2019
The man who kissed Rivest, identified as Eric Goodman, has been charged with harassment with physical contact, which is a Class B misdemeanor.
Goodman subsequently wrote a letter to the reporter apologizing for his actions. The man said, in part, that he “made a terrible decision with the intent only to be funny, but was clearly inappropriate and rude.”
“I absolutely accept Eric’s apology, I truly believe he feels bad and is sincere,” Rivest said Thursday night during one of WAVE’s newscasts. “But his actions, they do have consequences, and from that letter it seems like he also believes he needs to face those consequences. So I also agree with the commonwealth’s decision in this case.”