Creep kisses New York City Councilwoman Inna Vernikov during a television interview

A video shows a sneak behind a New York City councilwoman and kissed her while she was giving a television interview in Brooklyn on Thursday.

Brooklyn Councilwoman Inna Vernikov, a Republican representing the 48th District, was interviewing CBS New York in Brighton Beach Thursday, according to the broadcaster, when she was interrupted Reporter Hannah Kliger.

Before the reporter could ask her a question, a man in a hat suddenly pounced on Wernikov’s left side and kissed her on the cheek, a video shows.

The man turns, smiles and laughs before continuing down the street.

“What the hell?” ‘ yells the stunned councilwoman.

“Not the kind of love I expect from voters!” Wernikov tweeted on Friday after the incident. “Very scary moment.”

Stranger kisses Brooklyn councilwoman
Councilwoman Inna Vernikov was doing a local TV interview in Brighton Beach when the stranger kissed her.
Hannah Kliger/Twitter

Stranger kisses Brooklyn councilwoman
“What the hell?” Vernikov yelled after the stranger kissed her on the cheek.
Hannah Kliger/Twitter

Stranger kisses Brooklyn councilwoman
The man turned and laughed before walking away.
Hannah Kliger/Twitter

Some city council members jumped down the aisle to defend Vernikov and criticized the man for his behavior.

“Sadly, this disgusting behavior is all too common in everyday life for women,” tweeted Marjorie Velazquez, from the Bronx. “We must not allow sexual assault to become a normal part of our public interactions.”

Queens Councilwoman Lynn Schulman called the unsolicited hickey “disgusting and disgusting.”

“Unfortunately, even in 2023, this type of unacceptable behavior still typically occurs in women,” she tweeted.

“It’s not funny at all. It’s amazing how many creeps roam the streets!” Queens Councilman Robert Holden posted.


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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