Colleen Campbell is the latest victim of a viral video gone bad. Let this be yet another great lesson of how what happens online can mess you up offline.
The 28 year old news reporter is now out of a job after an incident outside of a Philadelphia comedy club was captured on video. It soon became viral once it was uploaded to Facebook. Campbell worked in news production, but went on air on a few occasions. The incident took place on Sunday June 4th involving Campbell berating a police officer outside of the Helium comedy club. She was kicked out of a show featuring Craig Robinson. New York-based comedian Will Sylvince was the individual who captured the incident, posting a 5 minute clip of a “very obnoxious” Campbell after she was kicked out of the club for “loud whispering” throughout the show. When escorted outside, she then went on a belligerent tirade, aggressively swearing at a police officer.
“You’re f–king c–k suckers, I did not do s–t, I stood there and laughed like the rest of the audience like I should. I did not disrupt anybody,” claimed Campbell.“Or what? Or what, mother f–ker? Lick my a–hole,” Campbell says. “How about that? F–king piece of s–t. That’s why nobody likes f–king police…idiots in this f—ing town.”
The officer surprisingly remained calm throughout the entire situation. A man accompanying Campbell approached the situation, thanking the police officer for his patience and understanding. The officer just wanted the pair to walk away before things escalated further.
Choosing to ignore his warnings and continue with her derogatory tirade, cuffs were then placed on her. She was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.
She has since spoken out regarding the viral video, claiming that she is now “ruined” after the ugly rant was captured on camera.
“When I came home, I called my producer to talk about why I was absent,” Campbell told Philadelphia Magazine. “I didn’t realize a video was out. I found out about it later because HR called me and said I was being terminated. They said there’s a video. I said, ‘What video?’”
Campbell claimed in a Facebook post that she only had one drink, suggesting that she may have been drugged. In an original Facebook post, Campbell claimed to have had only one drink, but later admitted to having a total of five, including two shots an hour before the show and some while bartending earlier Sunday. She has since issued a public statement and a apology to the officer.
“I wanna apologize to the officer. I don’t remember the whole altercation at all. I remember feeling attacked. I would never talk like that. It was like watching a whole different me. That’s not me or how I talk or act or anything at all,” she said. “I don’t know what to do. I feel ruined and embarrassed for me and my family.”