Shocking footage shows the moment a man followed an undercover reporter pretending to be drunk back to her hotel room.
A clip from the Dispatches documentary Undercover: Sexual Harassment – The Truth shows reporter Ellie Flynn asking the man sitting on a bed in her hotel room: ‘What are you doing?’
The documentary explores sexual harassment and assault in public spaces in the UK.
It shows Ellie’s experiment as she acts like a drunk person who has been separated from her friends on nights out in both London and Liverpool, to see how the audience reacts.
The confrontation took place in Ellie’s hotel room in Liverpool which was rigged with cameras while a security team was stationed in a nearby bathroom.
After a man approaches her and follows her back into the room, the clip shows the terrifying moment he enters the room despite not being invited.
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At the beginning of the clip, which was made using both Ellie’s body cam and the cameras stationed in the rooms, Ellie’s voiceover says: “I can’t believe this man followed me all the way back to my hotel room. It is time for me to confront him.
In the footage, ‘drunk’ Ellie tells the man to ‘sit there’ as she points to a bed.
As the man, whose face is blurred and whose voice is altered, tries to take off his shoes, Ellie’s voice becomes more commanding as she says, “sit down there.”
He sits down on the bed before Ellie, who now seems completely sober, asks him: ‘Why did you follow me here?’ to which the man replies: ‘I like you.’
Ellie replies, “I gave you no indication that I wanted you to follow me here. So why have you followed me here?
The man, carrying a can of Red Bull, replies: ‘We came together.’
Ellie then shakes her head and replies, ‘No, I said I was fine alone.’
Writing in The Times, Ellie revealed her fear the moment she confronted a man – although thankfully she added the security team didn’t have to step in to remove him.
She wrote: ‘Seeing your former, vulnerable, drunk self through sober eyes is a terrifying experience – and nothing could really prepare me for what came next.’
Although she has a lot of experience working undercover, she admitted she was “really scared” when she was pulled back to her hotel room.
Ellie wrote of the moment she confronted the man: ‘I was very conscious of being in such a closed space with a man who I believe could be a sexual predator.’
She also revealed that after she confronted him and asked him to leave, the man turned back to her at the door and asked her for a kiss – which she described as the most “appalling” harassment.
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