CBC reporter Chris Glover has filed a police report after comedian Boyd Banks licked him without his consent on a live broadcast.
Glover, who is gay, was reporting from the Comedy Bar in Toronto when Banks came up behind him. Banks begins to lick Glover’s ear and nuzzle his shoulder. Glover laughs nervously and tries to keep reporting but eventually uncomfortably wraps up his segment.
“Things are getting a little awkward out here, so I’m going to pass it back to you, Dwight,” Glover tells anchor Dwight Drummond.
Drummond responds: “Yeah, that’s a little strange. It’s really unnecessary. Just move away from that gentleman.”
The clip went viral as people sympathized with Glover and condemned Banks’ behavior.
Glover has since filed a police report.
“I, as a journalist, was just trying to do my job,” Glover told Global News. “I feel deeply disturbed by what happened. I still feel like it was completely uncalled for. The whole thing just really made me feel really awkward and uncomfortable and embarrassed.”’
Banks has issued an apology stating: “There is no excuse for my behavior last night. I’m guilty of everything. I am an idiot. I want to apologize to the standup community in Canada and of course the reporter, who was doing his job.”
Gary Rideout, the owner of the Comedy Bar, has said Banks is now banned from the club for “displaying reprehensible behavior that I can’t condone in any way.”