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News reporter Sara Rivest was harassed by a stranger last Friday while she was live on TV for WAVE-TV News in Louisville, Kentucky. The man was identified this week as Eric Goodman, 42

Sara Rivest, a television reporter from Kentucky who was kissed live by a stranger, said she is happy she told about the incident and the attention she gets.

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Rivest, a reporter for WAVE 3 News in Louisville, reported a music festival from outside when a man came up to her and pretended to hit her in the ass before planting a kiss on her cheek.

Rivest's video caught the attention of local authorities, who have since identified the man as Eric Goodman, 42, and harassing him with physical contact.

News reporter Sara Rivest was harassed by a stranger last Friday while she was live on TV for WAVE-TV News in Louisville, Kentucky. The man was identified this week as Eric Goodman, 42

News reporter Sara Rivest was harassed by a stranger last Friday while she was live on TV for WAVE-TV News in Louisville, Kentucky. The man was identified this week as Eric Goodman, 42

Rivest spoke to the camera and screamed as the man ran beside her and suddenly kissed her on the cheek

Rivest spoke to the camera and screamed as the man ran beside her and suddenly kissed her on the cheek

Rivest spoke to the camera and screamed as the man ran beside her and suddenly kissed her on the cheek

Rivest has talked about the incident several times in her news broadcast
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Rivest has talked about the incident several times in her news broadcast

Rivest has talked about the incident several times in her news broadcast

& # 39; So many women from all different professions have told me "some man kissed me recently on the bus" or "kissed me in the lobby of my apartment building" or "touched me improperly," Rivest said GMA.

& # 39; It was really an eye-opening and only addresses the seriousness of this issue. & # 39;

Rivest said the whole meeting happened so quickly that there was nothing she or her cameraman could have done.

She said the unwanted kiss she received felt like a crime, but she didn't know if it was one until the police told her it was & # 39; absolute.

Rivest tried to stay calm and said: & # 39; That was not appropriate & # 39; before her report was broadcast

Rivest tried to stay calm and said: & # 39; That was not appropriate & # 39; before her report was broadcast

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Rivest tried to stay calm and said: & # 39; That was not appropriate & # 39; before her report was broadcast

She said the incident made her feel & # 39; uncomfortable and powerless & # 39; to be in the air despite laughter

She said the incident made her feel & # 39; uncomfortable and powerless & # 39; to be in the air despite laughter

She said the incident made her feel & # 39; uncomfortable and powerless & # 39; to be in the air despite laughter

& # 39; I was taken back in a minute. Internally it threw me off, but I just tried to stay calm on the outside since I was on camera. But it was certainly a shock, & Rivest said

& # 39; I was taken back in a minute. Internally it threw me off, but I just tried to stay calm on the outside since I was on camera. But it was certainly a shock, & Rivest said

& # 39; I was taken back in a minute. Internally it threw me off, but I just tried to stay calm on the outside since I was on camera. But it was certainly a shock, & Rivest said

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& # 39; There was nothing my photographer or I could do at the moment because we had work to do, so I said in the broadcast: & # 39; That was so inappropriate & # 39 ;, and threw my story together, & # 39; said Rivest.

& # 39; When it was in my package, I just shouted at him: & # 39; You are so rude! & # 39; But then he was long gone. & # 39;

& # 39; I was taken back in a minute. Internally it threw me off, but I just tried to stay calm on the outside since I was on camera. But it was certainly a shock, & Rivest said

Although initially shaken by the incident, Rivest & # 39; s shock soon turned to anger.

When she returned to the station and watched the clip, she noticed that the man had also pretended to hit her ass.

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She posted an excerpt of her live broadcast on Twitter with the message: & # 39; Hey sir, here are your 3 second fame. Why wouldn't you touch me? Thank you !! & # 39;

& # 39; This is one of those moments that so many people experience, but this was captured with the camera, & # 39; she said. & # 39; They are not that often … but this was one of those times when we could clearly see that a man was doing something wrong to a woman. & # 39;

& # 39; I thought it was important to share that, & # 39; she added.

Goodman has since written an apology letter to Rivest, which she subsequently read in the broadcast.

The man accused of harassment, Eric Goodman, 42, has written an apology letter to Rivest

The man accused of harassment, Eric Goodman, 42, has written an apology letter to Rivest

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The man accused of harassment, Eric Goodman, 42, has written an apology letter to Rivest

Goodman is accused of harassment with physical contact, a crime

Goodman is accused of harassment with physical contact, a crime

Goodman is accused of harassment with physical contact, a crime

Rivest shared the clip of the kiss on Twitter and said: “Hey sir, here are your three seconds of fame. Why wouldn't you touch me? Thank you !! & # 39; The clip has delivered more than 170,000 views

Rivest shared the clip of the kiss on Twitter and said: “Hey sir, here are your three seconds of fame. Why wouldn't you touch me? Thank you !! & # 39; The clip has delivered more than 170,000 views

Rivest shared the clip of the kiss on Twitter and said: “Hey sir, here are your three seconds of fame. Why wouldn't you touch me? Thank you !! & # 39; The clip has delivered more than 170,000 views

Rivest later called the harasser during the evening broadcast and said she was shocked by the incident, adding: & I personally didn't know how to respond. I was shocked, but my nervous laughter does not mean approval of his actions & # 39;

Rivest later called the harasser during the evening broadcast and said she was shocked by the incident, adding: & I personally didn't know how to respond. I was shocked, but my nervous laughter does not mean approval of his actions & # 39;

Rivest later called the harasser during the evening broadcast and said she was shocked by the incident, adding: & I personally didn't know how to respond. I was shocked, but my nervous laughter does not mean approval of his actions & # 39;

& # 39; After watching the video, reading the messages and listening to your explanation, I have found a new respect for how difficult it must be to be a reporter, specifically in these types of environments, & # 39; Goodman wrote.

& # 39; I was wrong to interrupt your job, invade your personal space and make you feel helpless. Anyway, your ability to maintain a professional calmness speaks volume of your strength. & # 39;

Rivest said she believes that Goodman's apology is genuine and that it has changed & # 39;

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& # 39; I don't even think this man is bad, & # 39; she said. & # 39; He's just a man who thought this was funny, and that's a problem. & # 39;

& # 39; I am happy to have spoken, & # 39; said Rivest. & # 39; I believe it has changed things, if only slightly. & # 39;

& # 39; I am happy to have spoken, & # 39; said Rivest. & # 39; I believe it has changed things, if only slightly. & # 39;

& # 39; I am happy to have spoken, & # 39; said Rivest. & # 39; I believe it has changed things, if only slightly. & # 39;

& # 39; I am happy to have spoken, & # 39; she added, & # 39; because I believe it has changed things, even if only slightly. & # 39;

In the days following Goodman's indictment, Rivest says it feels like she has been harassed again.

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& # 39; The responses have gone from 99% positive to many people who are very nasty to me, with comments about being fat and ugly and not to be charged, & she said. & # 39; I feel vulnerable again. … I find it difficult to deal with that. & # 39;

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