- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The local television reporter who was fired this week after her verbal abuse of a Philadelphia cop went viral claims she may have been “unknowingly drugged” at some point before her tirade.

Former PHL17 reporter Colleen Campbell issued a statement Wednesday morning apologizing to the police officer, “who bore the brunt of my outburst,” as well as the Philadelphia Police Department and her former employers.

“I am ashamed and embarrassed by my actions. They were profane, inappropriate, and offensive,” she said. “They do not reflect the person I am or how I was raised. The person in that video is not the real me.”

Ms. Campbell lost her job at PHL17 and her bartending gig at the Devil’s Den after New York City comic Wil Sylvince posted a video on Facebook of the 28-year-old’s profane rant, which has racked up more than 3.2 million views and counting.

Mr. Sylvince said Ms. Campbell went off after she was asked to leave Philadelphia’s Helium Comedy Club on Sansom Street after repeated warnings to stop talking.

The more than five-minute video shows Ms. Campbell standing outside of the club, screaming at an even-tempered police officer and telling him that society hates the police. At one point, she pretends to spit in the face of a man identified by Mr. Sylvince as the club’s manager. She then takes off her shoe and tries to shove it in the man’s face, saying, “Smell my shoe, b–-.” That’s when the officer goes behind Ms. Campbell and starts to handcuff her.

“That’s why everybody f–ing hates you!” she screamed at the officer, just inches from his face. “No wonder everybody wants to blow your f–ing heads off.”

After the video cut out, Ms. Campbell allegedly kicked the police officer and kicked the doors and windows of a police car, according to a police statement obtained by Philadelphia magazine.

Ms. Campbell was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. Additional charges are pending, including simple assault, terroristic threats, hindering apprehension, and failure to disperse, Philadelphia magazine reported.

Ms. Campbell was released without bail and is due to appear in court on June 13.

“My recollection of my time at Helium and the incident are hazy,” Ms. Campbell said in a statement Wednesday through her attorney. “Based on my on-air reporting career and my bartending jobs, I know my limits when it comes to drinking and I know to stay out of the limelight. My actions on that video are not the result of a handful of drinks spaced out over a couple of hours. I believe I may have been unknowingly drugged at some point that night. I did not receive medical testing while in custody because, as I recall, I was advised by personnel at the police station that such testing would delay the process of my being released.

“I am hopeful that the Philadelphia police officer who dealt with me Sunday night will allow me to apologize to him in person and express to him how truly sorry I am for what transpired,” she said.

Philadelphia attorney Wayne Pollock said Ms. Campbell is “recovering in a secure, undisclosed location.”

“From the time the video was made public, Ms. Campbell has been the recipient of thousands of lewd and threatening phone calls, texts, messages, and emails ranging from angry, profane, and defamatory insults to deeply disturbing sexual and violent threats,” he said in a statement. “Ms. Campbell and her family are still sorting out the events of that night. Their highest priority is the health and well-being of Ms. Campbell.”

Mr. Pollock said his client is working to identify the police officer so she can apologize to him personally.

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