Hours later, Bozarjian addressed the matter on Twitter.
“You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me,” she wrote. “No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better. ”
The man was identified as 43-year-old Thomas Callaway of Statesboro, Ga., who went to Bozarjian’s TV station to offer an on-camera apology that aired Tuesday evening, the Associated Press reported.
“It was an awful act and an awful mistake,” Callaway said, explaining that he intended to pat Bozarjian on the back or shoulder and did not realize he had violated her in a sexual way until he saw the video.
By then, Bozarjian had filed a report with the Savannah Police Department. On Friday afternoon, authorities arrested Callaway, according to jail records.
“It’s not okay to help yourself to a woman’s body just because you feel like it,” Bozarjian said during an interview with CBS This Morning. “It’s not playful. ”
"It's not okay to help yourself to a woman's body just because you feel like it… in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic. And you have to... chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society." -- @WSAVAlexB pic.twitter.com/tYsvu0uFiW— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) December 10, 2019
“I think in order to make any kind of change, you have to be a little bit drastic,” Bozarjian said. “You have to, kind of, chip away at this toxic culture that permeates our society. ”
Joseph Turner, a lawyer for Callaway, told CBS This Morning that Callaway was a “loving husband and father” who “did not act with any criminal intentions."
Bozarjian told CBS that the most important thing to her was not Callaway’s intentions, but the message his actions sent.
“He took my power, and I’m trying to take that back,” Bozarjian said.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Robert Wells, director of the Savannah Sports Council, said in a statement to The Washington Post that Callaway had been banned from registering in any other races organized by his group. Wells said his council and Enmarket, the race’s title sponsor, “take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions. ”
Bozarjian’s TV station said in a statement to the Associated Press on Friday that Callaway’s conduct was “reprehensible and completely unacceptable."
“No one should ever be disrespected in this manner,” the WSAV-TV statement said. “The safety and protection of our employees is WSAV-TV’s highest priority. ”