Runner Who Smacked Reporter’s Butt on Live TV Arrested for Sexual Battery [Video]

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • The runner who slapped WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian’s butt on live TV last weekend was arrested on Friday for sexual battery.
  • Thomas Callaway, 43, had turned himself in but he has since been released on a $1,300 bond.
  • Bozarjian’s attorney expressed her client’s thanks for the public’s support and added that Bozarjian will testify if the case goes to trial.

Thomas Callaway, the runner who slapped reporter Alex Bozarjian’s butt last weekend during her live coverage of the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia, was arrested on Friday for sexual battery.

Callaway had turned himself in but he has since been released on a $1,300 bond.

Bozarjian’s attorney, Gloria Allred, told WSAV-TV, “Alex Bozarjian is glad that law enforcement is taking this matter seriously. She feels that a reporter should be able to do her job without being assaulted.”

Allred expressed her client’s thanks for the public’s support and added that Bozarjian will testify if the case goes to trial.

Bozarjian’s employer, WSAV-TV, released a statement regarding the arrest, which read: “The conduct displayed by one man toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable. No one should ever be disrespected in this manner. The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority. WSAV continues to support Alex completely as this case moves forward.”

Callaway, a youth minister and married father of two, apologized earlier this week for his “awful act.

Callaway told Inside Edition on Tuesday, “I was getting ready to bring my hands up and wave to the camera, to the audience, and there was a misjudgment in character and decision-making. I touched her back. I did not know exactly where I touched her.” 

Last weekend, Bozarjian shared a 16-second clip of the incident and wrote her reaction on Twitter:

Callaway, 43, told Inside Edition, “I totally agree 100 percent with her statement. The two most important words were her last two words, ‘Do better,’ and that’s my intention.”

On Tuesday, Bozarjian said on CBS This Morning“He hit me hard. I think what is most important here is he took my power, and I’m trying to take that back. Whether I’m open to [hearing his apology] or not, I want to take my time with that. I think what it really comes down to is, he helped himself to a part of my body.”

According to Inside Edition, Bozarjian filed the sexual battery report with the police.

Meanwhile, Callaway’s lawyer, W. Joseph Turner, told CBS that his client “did not act with any criminal intentions.”

The Savannah Sports Council, which owns and operates the bridge run, has since condemned Callaway’s behavior as intolerable and announced that Callaway is banned from any of its future events.

 

Source: PEOPLE

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