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An Illinois Man Was Arrested For Grabbing A Reporter And Harassing Her While She Was Live On-Air

"You violated my personal space. You grabbed me. You scared me. Was it worth it?" WGN reporter Gaynor Hall wrote on Facebook.

Last updated on May 25, 2020, at 3:56 p.m. ET

Posted on May 25, 2020, at 1:33 p.m. ET


A man was arrested after grabbing a reporter and shouting "fuck her right in the pussy" while she was live on the air.

WGN reporter Gaynor Hall was giving a report in Shorewood, Illinois, for the 10 p.m. newscast on Saturday night. The area had experienced wind damage and Hall was setting up a video package when the man swooped into the frame.


He grabbed Hall with his right arm, uttered the phrase — which has long been used to harass women reporters — and ran off.

Hall posted about the incident on Facebook, saying, "It was not funny."

"You violated my personal space. You grabbed me. You scared me. Was it worth it?"

Hall's colleague, Jackie Bange, also posted on Facebook hoping someone could identify the "absolute idiot."

Hall also posted that the man had been identified and arrested.

According to a statement from Shorewood Police, 20-year-old Eric Farina from Minooka, Illinois, is facing battery and disorderly conduct charges. The statement said Farina made a "full confession" and was released on bond.

Shorewood Police

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.