It was supposed to be a happy and vibrant celebration to welcome in the new year, but an unpleasant incident marred the Rhythm & Vines festival in Gisbourne, New Zealand. A topless woman walking innocently with her female friend was allegedly groped by a man. The two women, in turn, attacked the man and another festival-goer was able to record the incident, and now the video of the said incident is going viral.
The woman has her chest covered with glitter. The video shows her walking through a field with her friend. There were a number of other festival-goers watching the music act as the two buddies walk past some of them.
One man, in a blue polo and a sunhat, notices
the topless woman, and runs out of the crowd behind her, and appears to have touched her on the chest area before going back to his group of friends seated on the grass.
The pair turned around and went to confront the groper and followed him to his seat. The friend throws the drink she was holding on the man, while his groping victim started punching him repeatedly. It appeared from the video that not much verbal confrontation went on. After hitting the man, the pair simply left the scene and walked on.
Onlookers appeared to have been shocked by the incident, with a woman’s voice being heard in the video exclaiming “Oh my, God!”
All the three involved in the incident were not identified. It is not clear if the woman-victim tried to approach any festival official or security to report what the man did to her. She could have filed charges against the man. It is not clear if she decided that what she and her friend did in attacking the man is enough to punish him for his lascivious act.
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The clip was filmed by social media user Gianne Reece and it was uploaded on Facebook.
The Rhythm and Vines festival in New Zealand attracts many people as it boasts of being the ‘first place in the world to welcome the first sunrise of the New Year.’
Around 30,000 revelers attend the festival held at the Waiohika Estate vineyard for three straight days of partying at the end of December.