Host with The Young Turks, Ana Kasparian, was the victim of an apparent assault that occurred while broadcasting a Facebook live stream from a hiking trail in Runyon Canyon near Los Angeles with her husband, Christian Lopez, at about 8:30 a.m. PT this morning.
In the live stream video, Kasparian begins by speaking about how much she enjoys hiking with her husband and dog and how it is the “best part of her day.” The video abruptly ends with a stranger berating and seemingly assaulting her, grabbing her smartphone from her hands.
Walking along the trail, Kasparian was speaking to her audience about her personal well-being, and growth.
“I don’t really feel all those negative emotions that I had been feeling. I feel a lot happier,” the TYT host stated, with a serious, almost-confessional tone.
“It’s so good to hear about that,” a man’s voice can be heard, off-camera.
“Thank you,” Kasparian returned, turning her head to see who is speaking.
“I don’t know if that guy was being sarcastic,” she then stated, lowering her voice slightly.
The man appeared to continue walking away from Ana Kasparian and Christian Lopez as the TYT host’s husband appeared to call out.
“I don’t know if that was sarcasm,” Lopez, almost halfheartedly, called to the stranger.
The man replied something unintelligible to Lopez who then informed the man that he would “kick his ***” down the mountain in the future and the video cut.
In the next scene, the man can be seen walking away while both Kasparian and Lopez refer to the man as a “d***.”
The man turned to look back at the couple, and Lopez began to walk toward him, ignoring Kasparian’s objections, as the video cut again.
When the footage begins again, Kasparian’s distraught face is shown while the men can be heard faintly speaking in the background. The video cuts again.
“This is so unnecessary,” Kasparian can be heard when the footage begins again. Lopez and the man are seen standing several feet apart, speaking intently.
“I work in news,” Ana Kasparian said to the man.
“Great,” the man replied, turning to look at Kasparian, revealing that he is wearing an L.A. Dodgers baseball cap and sunglasses.
“Why are you so rude?” The TYT host asked the man.
Without answering her, the man calmly walked toward her, and with one quick motion, appeared to snatch the smartphone out of her hand, and the video quickly ended.
Several minutes later, Kasparian recorded a second Facebook live stream.
In the second live stream, the TYT host appeared distraught and apologized to her viewers.
“You can see in the video, he grabbed my phone, and he started pushing,” Kasparian stated, out of breath. She went on to describe a crack in her smartphone case.
“I don’t even know what that guy’s problem was. What a weirdo,” the 30 year old was incredulous. She questioned how a person living in such a “beautiful place” could go on a hike and “attack someone” as she continued to walk, panting from physically exerting herself.
Attempting to put herself in the man’s shoes, Kasparian admitted that recording live streaming video on a hiking trail may appear “narcissistic,” particularly to those who do not realize that she is the host of a news program.
“It’s part of my job,” Kasparian said.
The TYT host answered an online question as to whether or not she felt the attack was motivated because the man recognized her. Kasparian allowed that the man may have recognized her from the show, but that he “didn’t seem” to know who she was.
She then reported that the man stated that it was Kasparian and Lopez who in fact assaulted him, and not the other way around and compared the events to the melee that occurred involving TYT hosts and Alex Jones of Info Wars at the Republican National Convention in July, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
“I don’t want to be the story,” Kasparian stated, relating a conversation that she had with Cenk Uygur, fellow TYT host and co-founder. She expressed disdain for media stunts engineered solely to attract attention. The video then continued with Kasparian speaking about her love of hiking with her dog and husband, taking questions from viewers, and discussing Andrea Tantaros’ lawsuit against seemingly disgraced former Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
“I love you, bye,” Kasparian ended the live stream.
[Image via The Young Turks/Facebook]