The runner who slapped a TV reporter’s behind during a live broadcast of a race on Saturday has been identified by online sleuths as a local youth minister and Boy Scout leader, according to multiple news outlets.
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
Based on social media accounts that he reportedly took down after he was outed and banned from future races, Callaway was identified as a youth group leader at his church, Pittman Park UMC.
His lawyer, Joseph Turner, called Callaway a “loving husband and father who is very active in his community” and local church, insisting he was “working with those involved to correct the situation.”
“While we regret the situation, Mr. Callaway did not act with any criminal intentions,” Turner said in a statement.
Speaking on CBS TV’s “This Morning” on Tuesday, Bozarjian said Callaway “did try to make contact” with her to say that “his intentions were not to hurt me, he didn’t intend to do it.
“I’m not going to really debate that — because he did hurt me,” she insisted of the slap that she said had a “heavy impact.”
“He separates himself from the runners, and he kind of winds up. And he hit me hard,” she said.
“He helped himself to a part of my body,” she added, saying it left her in “disbelief” and “inundated with some female guilt” because of some of the harsh online comments suggesting she was at fault.
“It’s not OK to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it. It’s not playful. He hurt me, both physically and emotionally,” Bozarjian said.
While Callaway’s lawyer said they “do not expect any criminal charges,” Bozarjian said she had filed a police report and is leaving it up to officers to prosecute.
“I think what is most important here is he took my power, and I’m trying to take that back,” she said. “I want to take my time with that.”