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Halifax police lay charges in heckling of television reporter during live broadcast

Halifax Regional Police have charged Nash John Gracie with public mischief and causing a disturbance, and he is due in Halifax provincial court on March 1. File/ Global News

A 25-year-old man has been charged after a misogynist taunt was shouted at a female reporter as she was broadcasting live from a Halifax pub.

CTV Atlantic reporter Heather Butts told her Twitter followers on Dec. 29 that an offensive phrase was directed at her during the station’s 6 p.m. broadcast.

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She was doing a short broadcast from the Pint Public House, where fans were watching a world junior hockey championship game.

A recording showed a man approach Butts and appear to make a crude gesture while calling out a sexually explicit phrase.

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Butts turned around and continued her report without acknowledging the comment, and later anchored the station’s 11:30 p.m. newscast.

Const. Carol McIsaac, spokeswoman for the Halifax police, said police have charged Nash John Gracie with public mischief and causing a disturbance, and he is due in Halifax provincial court on March 1.

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