Halifax man charged with yelling FHRITP at female reporter to appear in court in April

Nash John Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance after yelling a slur at a reporter in a Halifax bar. File

The case of a Halifax man accused of hurling a vulgar slur at a female reporter taking part in a live broadcast has been adjourned until next month.

Nash John Gracie was charged with public mischief and causing a disturbance after the incident in a Halifax bar.

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

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

A recording shows a man approaching Butts and calling out the same sexually explicit phrase that has been yelled at other female reporters across the country.

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Lawyer Ron Pizzo appeared in Halifax provincial court Thursday on behalf of Gracie.

The case was adjourned until April 20.

Pizzo said high-profile defence lawyer Joel Pink will be representing Gracie.

Several journalists have expressed support for Butts, saying the incident represents a broader problem of harassment of female reporters.

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Last week, a provincial court in Newfoundland and Labrador dismissed a single charge against 28-year-old Justin Penton for causing a public disturbance following a similar incident.

Penton was accused of yelling a phrase commonly abbreviated to FHITP at NTV reporter Heather Gillis last April as she was recording an interview outside the St. John’s dump.

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Judge Colin Flynn said the sexist slur was vulgar and offensive, but not a crime under the circumstances.

The acquittal prompted Newfoundland politician Cathy Bennett to call for changes provincial harassment laws.

She has pledged to introduce a private member’s bill to amend the province’s labour laws.

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