BBC News anchor Ben Brown was speaking to assistant political editor Norman Smith about the launch of the Labour Party election manifesto in Bradford when the men were interrupted by a member of the public. As he was attempting to brush her aside, Brown appeared to grab her breast, sparking outrage.
The unidentified woman came into the frame as she stood between the pair and said, “Absolutely fantastic.”
As she was brushed aside by Brown, his right hand appeared to touch her chest as he tried to move her out of the shot. The woman responded by hitting him.
After the incident, Brown took to Twitter to defend himself, telling his 5,900 Twitter followers it was a mere mistake:
Unfortunate interruption of broadcast in Bradford – just tried to minimise disruption but v tricky live on air – completely unintentional
— Ben Brown (@BenBrownBBC) May 16, 2017
About Ben Brown
Brown studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University before beginning his career in local radio in Glasgow and then Liverpool. Brown then joined the BBC in 1988 and worked in foreign affairs, covering major events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first Gulf War.