Reporter responds after on-air harassment

LOUSIVILLE, KY — (NBC News) A Kentucky television reporter who was caught off guard when a stranger kissed her on the cheek while she was taping a live segment has a strong message for the man and her viewers: “This is not OK.”

Sara Rivest was reporting for NBC affiliate WAVE 3 in Louisville about the Bourbon and Beyond festival Friday when three men started making a commotion around her. A man in a black shirt and sunglasses pauses in her shot, then two men in red shirts pass in front of her and behind her. She gets briefly distracted but maintains her composure while detailing the festival’s new location.

She is midsentence when the man in the black shirt returns and plants a kiss on her cheek. “It’s allowing people to focus on the fun, on the music, on the bour … O-o-o-kay,” she reacts while pulling away.

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According to the reporter’s Twitter account, the man has been identified and charged with harassment. 

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