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TV host gropes woman in on-air 'prank'

The Local · 15 Oct 2012, 15:05

Published: 15 Oct 2012 15:05 GMT+02:00

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Joko Winterscheidt und Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, who co-host a weekly show on ZDF Neo called "Neo Paradise" were filmed wandering around the IFA consumer electronics trade fair in Berlin at the beginning of September.

At one point Klaas dared Joko to touch one of the conference hostesses once on the breast and twice on the backside. "I can't do that," he said at first, before deciding he would make it "quick and painless."

While Klaas made a joke about dispensing with foreplay, Joko approached the young woman and spoke briefly before carrying out the dare.

Later Klaas commented on air, apparently joking, "That made her really uncomfortable. She stood there and looked really humiliated. She's probably going to go home and cry in the shower. She'll probably be standing in the shower for six hours."

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Several viewers complained to ZDF about the October 4 broadcast, which many blogs said amounted to sexual harassment.

"The entire scene was completely repulsive. I was sitting in front of the screen and couldn't believe that a woman was being sexually harassed in front of rolling cameras, and the whole thing is sold as a big joke," the blog Emmi wrote.

In an emailed response to complaints, ZDF offered no apology and claimed that Joko had not actually touched the woman. "The film crew along with both moderators spoke with the conference hostess after the filming," it said. "The scene was broadcast with her permission."

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Heufer-Umlauf has since apologised via his Twitter account. "We showed no tact at all," he said. "We confused funny nonsense with careless and offensive idiocy. We are honestly sorry."

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Your comments about this article

19:08 October 15, 2012 by The-ex-pat
Amazing what is still classed as a joke in Germany is sexual assault everywhere else.................
21:21 October 15, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Do we need to wade through over 17 minutes of this drivvle to find the relevant scene? I would rather watch paint dry.
21:44 October 15, 2012 by keeps71
Oh - that's why they make us pay GEZ... otherwise we wouldn't be able to enjoy such entertaining, cutting-edge comedy. Now it makes sense...

Wait, no that's bollox and GEZ is theft.
08:44 October 16, 2012 by the.local.reader
what the F. I would kick his sh*t out of his azz. don't believe people enjoy such stupid program
09:30 October 16, 2012 by lordkorner
Apart from the fact that they did it seems assault the girl, these guys should never be put in front of a camera again simply because they are talentless idiots. who the hell watches this crap anyway.
16:39 October 16, 2012 by Omufu
Disgusting. Best case scenario? She breaks his nose, he gets fired, and has to issue an apology.

ZDF offered no apology? Are you serious? So this is okay then? Definitely sexual assault.

Germany really has issues when it comes to sexual junk like this.
19:56 October 16, 2012 by Englishted

I can only assume it is down to their intelligence level or lack of the fore said.
20:25 October 17, 2012 by StoutViking
If I were her I'd give him a black eye and get even. I'm certain he wouldn't repeat himself this way again.
15:58 October 19, 2012 by ron1amr
The girl blushed after that occurrence. You can clearly see she smiled. I don't think she was too fazed. And they apologised.
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