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Woman wallops reporter in face with purse

Woman Wallops Reporter in Face with Purse

WNEP reporter Bill Wadell was walloped on live TV with a woman's purse.

'Whop! Smacked him in the face with a big purse. Affiliate WNEP she had just pleaded guilty to posting naked pictures of her husband's girlfriend online. She may now face more charges.'



The station itself, WNEP, also posted a video of the moment on its website, where you can see that before the purse smack, the woman, named Julie Ottaviani, also tried to take the reporter's microphone.

'Would you like to apologize for what happened? Come on! Hey! Julie! Just let it go. Let it go, let it go, let it go. ... You want to apologize ...'

You can also hear an unidentified person say he would have pressed assault charges against Ottaviani.

As for the background on the case itself, authorities say 54-year-old Ottaviani created a fake Facebook page and posted naked photos.

'She reportedly hacked into his email in January and stole two naked photos of his new girlfriend, then not only did she create the fake page, but she targeted the victim's 14-year-old son by adding him as a friend.'

The Times Leader reports last month after Ottaviani was arrested, she was released on a $10,000 unsecured bail.

'Investigators said in the complaint that Julie Ottaviani stated 'I wanted to get her fired,' meaning the girlfriend, and sent the nude pictures to the girlfriend's son because 'I wanted her kid to hurt as much as mine,' the complaint says.'

According to court documents, Ottaviani's formal arraignment is June 6.

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spokajo March 13 2014 at 2:33 PM

Is she being charged with sending porn to a child? Did she show those pics to her own children (I don't know how old her own children are)? If so, she should be charged.

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patriot1too spokajo March 13 2014 at 3:58 PM

She is a violent abusive deadbeat ex-wife. Get her behind bars so men can be safe from her abuse.

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jimmydcap March 12 2014 at 6:27 PM

She needs some anger management and jail time.

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simpljb March 12 2014 at 6:06 PM

now her face will be pasted all over the news all over the country - what was she even thinkin sendin a child naked pics of his mom , what part of 'illegal" did she NOT understand - and why go after the woman - i'd of put a foot between the legs of her hubby - some people just are wired azzway backwards - but whats worse than a woman with a purse ? a man with a "manbag" - geez , now she might be charged with assault as well

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adeladazeem March 12 2014 at 5:54 PM

And she's windering why no dude wants to bang her??

She's needs some jail time. Let her try to smack on of those truck-driving mommas.

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rothhammer1 adeladazeem March 12 2014 at 5:56 PM

We can see that you're the warm, sensitive type.

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billcdaly March 12 2014 at 5:45 PM

I hope the reporter presses charges.

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mashallaha billcdaly March 12 2014 at 5:49 PM

The reporter should have left her alone instead of being so intrusive.

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d1anaw mashallaha March 12 2014 at 6:02 PM

I agree. She has no obligation to put up with that, any more than she has an obligation to put up with a lying, cheating scumbag for a husband.

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mashallaha March 12 2014 at 5:44 PM

Reporters are way too pushy and intrusive.

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bfox1129 March 12 2014 at 5:36 PM

We are being way too nice calling them reporters. These people today are just readers and semi pretty faces to look good on camera. The days of true reporters are long since gone.

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Naturally safe March 12 2014 at 5:33 PM

thats was so funny ....way to go lady ...

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rothhammer1 March 12 2014 at 5:31 PM

First thought..... "atta girl!"

Then after reading of how she (allegedly) involved the other woman's 14 year old kid (who had done nothing to her), sympathy erodes.

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loamylam March 12 2014 at 5:24 PM

Altho not agreeing with her M/O I do think reporters go too far and actually harrass people to get a story. It was obvious she was avoiding him yet he persisted to interview her. If he wanted the story why didn't he just report what the court disclosed and leave the woman alone. Obviously she is traumatized enough to create such havoc on the 'net'. But, I believe many of the press are sick in their own greed of gaining first hand reports. They simply have yet to learn the difference between 'first hand' and 'underhanded reporting.

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rothhammer1 loamylam March 12 2014 at 5:41 PM

There should be a point at which a reporter (and crew) are prosecutable for false imprisonment for impeding another person's freedom. As you pointed out, Ms. Ottaviani tried to dodge left, right and center as the reporter attempted to block her every move.
"Do you want to apologize for what happened?" asks the reporter...... apparently not.

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