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Reporter taunted while live

Police say they are investigating after a TV journalist was heckled with a misogynist taunt while reporting live from a Halifax bar.

CTV Atlantic reporter Heather Butts told her Twitter followers she was fine on Friday after an "offensive" phrase was hurled at her during the station's 6 p.m. broadcast.

Butts was doing a live hit from the Pint Public House in Halifax where fans were watching a world junior hockey championship game when the incident occurred.

A recording shows a man who approaches Butts and appears to make a crude gesture while calling out a sexually explicit phrase.

Butts turned around and continued her report without acknowledging the comment, and later anchored the station's news show at 11:30 p.m.

"During a live hit at a local bar tonight, something offensive was said to me and it went on the air," she said on Twitter on Friday evening.

"I want everyone to know that I am fine and I thank you all for your support. I will be pursuing this further."

Staff Sgt. Greg Mason of Halifax Regional Police said officers have followed up on a complaint regarding the broadcast and are waiting to hear if the complainant wants to proceed with the investigation.

"We've spoken to all the people who appear to be involved right now, other than the individual that made the comment," Mason said on Saturday.

Officers have been working to identify the man who interrupted Butts' report, said Mason, adding he could face a mischief charge.

Butts turned down an interview request on Saturday, and CTV Atlantic's news director declined to comment other than to say the station is pursuing the matter with police.

Several journalists have expressed support for Butts, saying the incident represents a broader problem of harassment of female broadcast reporters and videographers, sometimes involving a graphic phrase.

The New York Press Club, a U.S.-based association of journalists, tweeted that it was "appalled" by the incident, adding that no journalist should be attacked while doing their job.

"Congratulations on intimidating a professional and embarrassing your family and yourself," CTV News host Jayson Clay Baxter tweeted about the man involved.

"Why does this continue to happen?"



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