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Britt McHenry

April 17, 2015

ESPN suspends Britt McHenry after insult-laced video surfaces (Video)

ARLINGTON, Va. — ESPN has suspended reporter Britt McHenry after a video surfaced of her insulting a towing company clerk's intelligence, job and appearance.

ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Thursday that McHenry has been suspended for a week. McHenry tweeted an apology, saying she let her emotions get the best of her "in an intense and stressful moment."

The Associated Press attempted to contact the towing company, but calls were picked up and abruptly disconnected.

In a Twitter exchange with ARLnow.com earlier this month, McHenry said her vehicle was towed from the lot in front of the Arlington restaurant where she ate dinner.

The edited video posted this week to video sharing site LiveLeak claims to show McHenry berating the clerk on April 5 with gems like: "Maybe if I was missing some teeth, they would hire me, huh?"

McHenry tells the woman she is "in the news" and will sue the company. At one point a woman off-screen warns McHenry she is being recorded. McHenry then looks up wide-eyed into the camera, before the video cuts to another insult in which McHenry disparages the clerk's education and weight.

Warning: Explicit language