Popular French TV host Cyril Hanouna’s attempt at breaking a national record by appearing on air for 35 hours straight went off the rails on Friday during a segment parodying how Kim Kardashian West was recently tied up in her Paris hotel bathtub by armed robbers.
One of the show’s panelists, Jean-Michel Maire, was given a giant set of keys with which to rescue a woman named Soraya from a bathtub in a locked bathroom. After Maire managed to ‘win’ the game, Hanouna said that Soraya should give Maire a victory kiss. When Soraya said no, Maire insisted, saying that he thought she actually said yes. Soraya, however, was adamant. No, she said again. Hanouna pushed once more, saying, “Just a little peck on the cheek.” Soraya acquiesced, offering her cheek, only for Maire to suddenly press in and kiss her breasts.
Viewers were horrified. The government’s Superior Council of Audiovisual (CSA), which regulates radio and television, tweeted that the agency received more 250 complaints about the incident and that they would be investigating it. Under French law, which constitutes sexual assault as any sexual act involving violence, coercion, threat, or surprise, Maire could face up to five years’ imprisonment and a $82,000 fine should Soraya choose to press charges.
Watch video of the incident below.
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