A fired reporter for tv station PHL17 is reportedly blaming alcohol and being drugged for the reason she went on an angry tirade against a police officer. The rant, which was recorded and watched by millions online, took place after the officer asked Colleen Campbell to leave the Helim Comedy Club in Philadelphia on Sunday night.
As Philly.com originally reported, Campbell was asked to leave the club after allegedly whispering loudly and then assaulting employees at the bar area. Once outside, she threw profanities and insults at a police officer as well as kicked him. She spit and threw a shoe in the face of a manager, which is when the officer arrested her. “That’s why everyone hates you guys!” she yells. “That’s why society hates you!” The 28-year-old then tried to throw her credentials around by saying, “I work at a f— news station, motherf—. I work at PHL 17! “I’m not a f— hood rat.” She was fired by the station shortly after.
She now wants to apologize to the officer for her behavior. “My actions on that video are not the result of a handful of drinks spaced out over a couple of hours,” Campbell said in a statement, per Philly Mag. “I believe I may have been unknowingly drugged at some point that night.”
She said that she declined being drug tested while in custody as it would have delayed her release.