Spanish authorities have detained an individual suspected of sexually assaulting a journalist by touching her during a live television broadcast. The incident involved reporter Isa Balado, who was covering a robbery in Madrid when the man approached her and appeared to touch her backside. Balado confronted him about the incident, which he denied.
The situation unfolded during the live broadcast when the program’s host, Nacho Abad, interrupted and inquired about the incident. Balado confirmed the incident, and Abad suggested putting the individual responsible on camera. The shot then showed both Isa Balado and the man, who was still standing with her, with both of them smiling and laughing.
Balado addressed the man, expressing her displeasure at his actions, stating that despite his curiosity about the television channel they represented, he should not have touched her. She emphasized that she was working on a live show.
The man continued to deny any wrongdoing and even attempted to touch her head as he walked away.
Subsequently, the police announced that they had arrested a man in connection with the alleged assault on a reporter during a live television broadcast, as reported on social media.
Mediaset España, the owner of the news channel, issued a statement expressing support for Isa Balado and condemning the “absolutely intolerable situation” she had experienced. They also emphasized their categorical rejection of any form of harassment or aggression.
Spain’s Labour Minister, Yolanda Díaz, also spoke out against the incident, stating that it should not go unpunished. She underscored the role of machismo in such incidents and noted that the aggressors often display a lack of remorse even in front of the camera.
This incident occurs in the context of a broader discussion about sexism in Spain, triggered by the former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales, who faced criticism for kissing World Cup winner Jenni Hermoso on the lips during the Women’s World Cup final. His actions led to his resignation and legal repercussions, including accusations of sexual assault and coercion.