Boob at the Beeb as Ben Brown feels wrath of member of the public

A woman slapped a BBC presenter after he appeared to touch her breast as he moved her out of the way during a live interview.

Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview
Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview

News anchor Ben Brown was speaking to his colleague, assistant political editor Norman Smith, about the launch of the Labour Party election manifesto in Bradford when the men were interrupted by a member of the public.

The woman, who was carrying several bags and wearing a leopard print top and black jacket, stood between the pair and said: "Absolutely fantastic."

But she was quickly brushed aside by Brown, whose right hand appeared to touch her chest as he tried to move her out of shot.

Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview

The as-yet unnamed woman then slapped him on the shoulder before walking off across camera.

Viewers who saw the incident were quick to pass comment on Twitter.

Cameraman Jason Farrington said: "Bit of a boob by Ben Brown..."

And Stuart Fry said: "She attempted to interrupt the live coverage.

Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview

"She's miffed!"

Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview
Video grab taken from BBC News of BBC assistant political editor Norman Smith (left) talking to BBC reporter Ben Brown, who is slapped on the shoulder after he moved a passer-by out of the way during a live interview