Alex Bozarjian, a reporter from WSAV news in Savannah, Georgia, was reporting live from the city’s annual bridge run when a man slapped her butt as he went jogging past. She was immediately mortified when it happened, and later she took to Twitter to voice her anger of the incident.
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. https://t.co/PRLXkBY5hn
— Alex Bozarjian (@wsavalexb) December 7, 2019
“To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better,” she wrote.
People in the replies voiced their support.
“This made me very sad and I’m sorry this happened. Besides the obvious (sexual) assault aspect that should be taken seriously, it’s clear you had one of those awful moments where someone rudely makes you feel vulnerable or small but you have to continue what you were doing,” one person wrote.
“This is so disgusting. Somehow you pushed through and I commend you. This should have never happened and I hope he is found and charged,” another said.
After doing some social media sleuthing, Twitter was able to discover the identity of the slapper. His name is Tommy Callaway.
"It's not okay to help yourself to a woman's body just because you feel like it… in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic. And you have to… chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society." — @WSAVAlexB pic.twitter.com/tYsvu0uFiW
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 10, 2019
Bozarjian is now reportedly pursuing sexual battery charges against Callaway, and he’s subsequently lawyering up.
“While we regret the situation, Mr. Callaway did not act with any criminal intentions,” his lawyer said. “Tommy is a loving husband and father who is very active in the community. We have been in touch with WSAV and representatives of Ms. Alex Bozarjian, as well as members of Savannah law enforcement.”
Robert Wells, Director of the Savannah Sports Council, issued a statement about the incident on Twitter.
“Yesterday at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run a reporter from WSAV was inappropriately touched by a registered participant of the event,” the statement read. “Our title sponsor, Enmarket and the Savannah Sports Council take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions. Yesterday afternoon we identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station. We will not tolerate behavior like this at a Savannah Sports Council event. We have made the decision to ban this individual from registering for all Savannah Sports Council owned races.”