Last Friday night, WABC 7 reporter CeFaan Kim was taping a segment about a rape in the Lower East Side when a random man wearing a hockey mask suddenly interrupted and was, eventually, seen shoving Kim. The alleged attacker, Key'Jonta Foster, told the NY Post that he was trying to promote his rap album. Though he bragged on Twitter that he wouldn't turn himself in, he surrendered to police yesterday.
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Video from the incident doesn't show the entire exchange between Kim and Foster, because the camera pans upward. When the camera moves back onto the men, you see them struggling with each other:
This is the man who attacked me last night during a live broadcast. If anyone has seen him around please give the 7th precinct a call. pic.twitter.com/enkqQe0mxC
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) March 4, 2017
Foster told the Post, "The reason I did it was because I knew I’d get negative feedback from it. I can always flip that," adding, "White guys bomb video reporters all the time. A black man tries to get air time and then gets beat up by the reporter. I’m gonna do what I gotta do and seize an opportunity."
In an interview with DNAinfo yesterday, Foster insisted, "When the camera was looking up was when he grabbed me... I just shifted everything and pushed him off of me. I was like 'You're doing too much.' I think he overreacted." He also "believes Kim was intimidated by the Jason mask he was wearing."
He faces a misdemeanor assault charge, according to the Daily News. Kim thanked the police and tipsters:
Thank you @NYPDnews for professionalism beginning to end, responding officers to top brass. And to countless who provided flood of tips.
— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) March 7, 2017