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Man charged after St. John's journalist reports sexist remark

NTV reporter Heather Gillis posted this photo to Twitter April 24.
NTV reporter Heather Gillis posted this photo to Twitter April 24.

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Police have charged a 27-year-old man with causing a disturbance after he allegedly yelled a sexist slur at an NTV news reporter.

Reporter Heather Gillis was shooting a news segment at the Robin Hood Bay landfill Monday afternoon when a man in a gray pickup allegedly yelled the vulgar phrase commonly abbreviated by "FHRITP" as he drove by.

The sexist phrase - "F--k her right in the p---y" - is frequently hurled at female reporters on the job.

Telegram, CBC and NTV reporters have all spoken out on the vulgar trend in the past.

Gillis tweeted a photo of the truck, license plate clearly visible, with, "#growup #notokay Publicly shaming you."

The RNC tweeted back, asking Gillis to call and make a formal complaint.

Later, police confirmed they had laid a charge of causing a disturbance in relation to the incident.

"We will continue to take these matters seriously," the police tweeted Monday night. "Disrespect can be the root for violence."

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