Man admits harassing BBC reporter Sima Kotecha
Sima Kotecha was harassed while preparing for a broadcast in Leicester city centre.
BBC reporter Sima Kotecha had been preparing for a live broadcastA man has admitted harassing BBC reporter Sima Kotecha as she prepared to broadcast on live television.Russell Rawlingson, from Leicester, was originally charged with causing racially-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress, as Ms Kotecha believed his behaviour was "racist and abusive".
However, he pleaded guilty to a lesser non-racially aggravated version of the offence.He is due to be sentenced on 11 May.No details were given about what Rawlingson said to Ms Kotecha when he pleaded guilty at Leicester Crown Court.The charge was put to him as follows: "You are charged with racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.
"On 10 May 2020, with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress, you used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour towards Sima Kotecha."When asked how he pleaded, Rawlingson said: "Guilty, but not to the racial."Apologies to our guests who we had to send home without putting on air after myself and team were subjected to racist and abusive behaviour - sad obstruction of reporting of a national crisis. Yes I’m furious headtopics.comRead more: BBC News (UK) »
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