Police to investigate verbal attack on Kitchener TV reporter

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin says he has asked investigators to contact a CTV Kitchener reporter who had a vulgar insult yelled at her while she was working.

WARNING: This story contains offensive language

CTV Kitchener Krista Sharpe had a vulgar insult hurled at her from someone in a white car while she recorded a report in downtown Kitchener Monday. (Krista Sharpe/@KristajSharpe/Twitter)

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin says he has requested officers investigate a vulgar insult that was directed at CTV Kitchener reporter Krista Sharpe while she was recording a report in downtown Kitchener on Monday.

Sharpe posted a video of the incident on her Twitter feed.

She was on Duke Street in downtown Kitchener when a white vehicle drove behind her and the people inside shouted yelled the offensive phrase "f--k her right in the p---y" at Sharpe.

"This is not funny and it's not cool. As much as I'd love to say it doesn't bother me, it does," tweeted Sharpe. "This still happens to female reporters everywhere and it needs to stop."

Thousands of people tweeted support for the reporter and retweeted the video, which Larkin said can be submitted as visual evidence.

"This incident is unacceptable, vulgar and offensive. No one should be subjected to hate and bullying within workplace," Larkin tweeted.

Bell Media Communications issued a statement Wednesday saying, "the harassment that was directed at Krista Sharpe is clearly offensive and not to be tolerated."

Bell says it will fully support Sharpe as the incident is investigated.