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Brianna Hamblin opens up about being sexually harassed before TV shot

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Spectrum News 1 reporter Brianna Hamblin never expected that a social media post about being sexually harassed would gain international attention.

Hamblin, 25, a broadcast journalist in Rochester, New York, said she shared her thoughts about an uncomfortable encounter as she reported in the field last week on her Twitter account and put her phone away. While getting a manicure that afternoon, her phone started to explode with alerts. 

Before she even mentioned the incident to her family, her parents called to make sure she was OK. The response to her tweet, she said, has been “overwhelming.”

The minute-long video went viral, now with more than 5.3 million views, 6,300 comments and 40,000 retweets. The video shows Hamblin politely and professionally deflecting a man offering comments as she prepared to film a live report from Magnolia Street in southwest Rochester. It also shows her discomfort grow as the passerby repeatedly objectified her. 

“So many women from all over related to it,” she said. “I’m happy this was able to start a discussion so more men can realize how widespread this is, and to work on themselves, but also to call each other out.”

Around 6 a.m. Friday, Hamblin was memorizing her script as two men approached her and Spectrum News 1 photojournalist Scott Barstow.

The duo first complained about the brightness of the lights set up near the road, in preparation for the live shot. Barstow was already filming the encounter, since the live shot was just moments away.

Hamblin at first ignored the men to focus on her job.

‘Gross and perverted’:Female journalists speak out after reporter harassed in viral video

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