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A game show participant was sexually assaulted last night during a bizarre segment that mimicked Kim Kardashian West’s recent robbery.
As BuzzFeed reports, French TV presenter Cyril Hanouna is in the midst of a national record-breaking 35-hour-long live program. The program has been rolling since Thursday and will conclude at some point today. It’s even continued as Hanouna crashed on a couch.
At some point, Hanouna appears to have run out of good ideas.
Early Friday morning, Hanouna set-up a “game” wherein a panelist named Jean-Michel Maire, acting as a locksmith, had to rescue a woman named Soraya from a bathtub, where she’s tied up—a scene that obviously references Kardashian’s headline-making robbery during Fashion Week in Paris.
As if that weren’t bad enough, Maire forced himself on Soraya, after she firmly told Hanouna twice that she didn’t want to give a victory kiss to Maire. Hanouna suggests, “Just a little peck on the cheek,” and while Soraya turns head, Maire does this instead:
Viewers were outraged.
The Superior Council of Audio (CSA), the French equivalent of the FCC, noted Friday that it has already received over 250 complaints about the incident. CSA is planning to investigate soon.
France passed a far-reaching sexual harassment law in 2012. As the New York Times reports:
The new law defines harassment as “imposing on someone, in a repeated way, words or actions that have a sexual connotation” and either “affecting the person’s dignity because of their degrading or humiliating nature” or putting him or her in an “intimidating, hostile or offensive situation.”
Offenders face a potential fine of €75,000 (roughly $82,000 U.S.) and five years in jail.