EXCLUSIVE: WATCH the moment the presenter is slapped from the back by a male punter while covering Beverley’s race meeting, sparking ‘appalled’ bosses’ bid to ban her for life
This is the horrifying moment a TV presenter doing interviews at a racetrack is approached by a man in the crowd and slapped on the butt.
Reality star and model Amy Christophers, 35, was the victim of a rude and distressing assault while she was live at the event last weekend.
Amy told TAUT she felt ‘degraded and embarrassed’ after being the victim of inappropriate sexual behavior at last Saturday’s meeting.
‘Appalled’: This is the horrific moment a TV presenter doing interviews at a racetrack is approached by a man in the crowd and slapped on the buttocks
Bosses at Beverley Racecourse intend to identify the spectator from the race and ‘ban him for life’, saying they are ‘appalled by the incident’.
Amy was interviewing punters in the crowd for #Raceday, a social media channel affiliated with Racing TV.
Asking a group of amateur males to demonstrate how they would ride horses, one member of the group proceeded to slap her on the back and told the camera “put this on the internet”.
Amy, who appeared on the E4 reality series Married at First Sight last year, was visibly shocked by the man’s behavior.
“He made me sick”
Speaking exclusively to TAUT, she said: ‘I felt degraded and embarrassed.
“He was trying to show me in front of people.
“After the cameras stopped, I turned around and said ‘do you really think that was appropriate?
“I don’t expect to go to work and have my back slapped by a complete stranger. It’s not lit. He made me sick.
Sally Iggulden, general manager of Beverley Racecourse, has pledged to find the spectator of the race and mete out an appropriate punishment.
Inexcusable: Amy told TAUT she felt ‘degraded and embarrassed’ after being the victim of inappropriate sexual behavior at last Saturday’s meeting
She said: ‘We are appalled at the actions of one person at Saturday’s meeting.
“We contacted Amy immediately after the incident to offer her our sincere apologies and support.
“Beverley Racecourse has always taken a zero tolerance approach to any form of improper disrespect and we are now reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.
“Anyone who has committed offenses of this nature can expect a lifetime ban from Beverley Racecourse.
“We apologize, once again, for the distress caused to Amy.”
‘It’s not’: Beverley Racecourse bosses intend to identify race spectator and ‘ban him for life’, saying they are ‘appalled by the incident’
Clive Cottrell of Racecourse Media Group said: ‘The aim of #Raceday is to show what a great day of horse racing is, it aims to go behind the scenes and tell the stories as it happens. they take place on the course.
“However, we absolutely do not tolerate any type of behavior that leads to the harassment of our presenters. “What happened to Amy is absolutely inexcusable – our presenters should be able to do their jobs without having to encounter this type of behavior.
“We spoke to Amy to check on her and let her know we have our full support.”
Amy has worked for #Raceday for 12 months, providing content alongside other presenters including former Love Island star Frankie Foster and ex-jockey Lizzie Kelly.
Bad treatment: Amy, who starred in the UK reality series Married at First Sight last year, said she felt the male punter was trying to ‘show her in front of people’ as she interviewed them about the day
She says the racing fans did really well, but admitted many overstepped the mark at Saturday’s meeting at the East Yorkshire course.
Amy said: “I have a sense of humor and can take jokes, but Saturday was too much.”
“We could barely use the footage because some people were so disrespectful.
“It was a great meeting in Beverley and drew a huge crowd, with quite a few bachelor parties and some of the things that were said to me were appalling.”