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CeFaan Kim, Former News12 Reporter Attacked During Live Broadcast

Attacker tells NY Post he saw an opportunity and took the opportunity to promote my video and mixed tape

News 12 Reporter CeFaan Kim and BW Editor-In-Chief AJ Woodson at Memorial Field after 2015 presser [Black Westchester}

CeFaan Kim, 36, a New York-based journalist was giving a live report on ABC-7 Friday night when he was interrupted by a man in a “Friday the 13th”-style hockey mask who soon pushed him to the ground. The former News12 Westchester reporter was left with “scrapes and bruises” after the altercation, says it quickly turned violent when cameras moved as to not capture the masked man on the broadcast. Kim was giving a report covering an attempted rape on the Lower East Side when he ended up fighting off a complete stranger in a hockey mask who wrapped his arm around Kim’s shoulders as he spoke to the camera.


“Totally random,” Kim told PEOPLE. “[It] caught me off guard. [He] wouldn’t let go of me when the camera tilted upwards, so I tried to push him off. Then he pushed me down.”

Kim has filed a report with the New York Police Department, who he said were taking it “very seriously.” The altercation was caught on camera and shared on Kim’s Twitter account on Saturday, so his attacker could be identified.

“This is the man who attacked me last night during a live broadcast,” Kim wrote. “If anyone has seen him around please give the 7th precinct a call.”

Key Jonta Foster, who goes by the stage name “Majesty Da Rebel,” tried to grab attention by crashing a report from ABC-7’s CeFaan Kim on the Lower East Side on Saturday night. But instead of getting to plug his music, he ended up shoving the reporter for rebuffing him, according to the New York Post, Saturday afternoon.

The performer said he knew the stunt would get him press, but he did not intend for it to turn violent.

“The reason I did it was because I knew I’d get negative feedback from it,” Foster told The Post. “I can always flip that. I saw an opportunity and took the opportunity to promote my video and mixed tape. From the beginning, it was friendly — I put my arm around him, and then he pushed me, grabbed me.”

Video shows a man in a white hockey mask running up behind Kim as he reported on a rape at 11 p.m.

Kim was the General Assignment News Reporters from October 2012- August 2015 for News 12 Westchester, covering Westchester, Rockland, Orange, and Putnam Counties in the 4:30 P.M., 5 P.M., 6 P.M., 8 P.M., and 10 P.M. newscasts. While at News 12 he covered the 2014 N.Y. State Gubernatorial Race, and the 2013 Westchester County Executive Race. Before his move to Eyewitness News Kim closely covered the highly publicized and sometimes heated, 2015 Mount Vernon Mayoral Race.

Kim, a U.S. Army Reserve sergeant, immediately got up and confronted the man — who had taken off his mask — but was separated from him by another WABC employee and a witness, the video shows.

“What’s up!” the man yelled before shoving the reporter.
“What’s up!” the man yelled before shoving the reporter.
“I didn’t attack you…you attacked me!” the man said after Kim accused him of assault.

The assailant ran off after a brief stare down and has not been caught, cops said. Kim was not injured.

“Thank you to everyone who was concerned about my well-being,” Kim wrote on Facebook Saturday.

In addition to contacting the 7th precinct a call, if you have seen anything or have any information you can also call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company.
AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others.

You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX
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AJ Woodson is the Editor-In-Chief of Black Westchester and Co-Owner of Urban Soul Media Group, the parent company. AJ is a Father, Author, Writer, Rapper, Radio Personality, Hip-Hop Historian and A Freelance Journalist whose byline has appeared in several print publications and online sites including The Source, Vibe, the Village Voice, Upscale, Sonicnet.com, Launch.com, Rolling Out Newspaper, Spiritual Minded Magazine and several others. You can also hear AJ every Thursday morning at 7:20 A.M. on Good Morning Westchester with host Bob Marrone on WVOX

2 Comments on CeFaan Kim, Former News12 Reporter Attacked During Live Broadcast

  1. CEFAAN DON’T FEAR, THERE’S A GREAT KARATE SCHOOL IN NYC NAMED TIGER JOES AN HE’LL MAKE U A COMPETITOR ..GUD LUK

  2. WOW what happened on live TV TO CEFANN KIM SURPRISED ME , WITH A NAME LIKE THAT I EXPECTED FROM CEFAAN A FEW HIGH YAA”S AND HIM FLIPPING THAT MASKED GUY FROM HIS BACK AN BREAKING THE GUYS SACRIFILIAC..HMMMM INSTEAD WE GOT ANOTHER ASIAN ON TV SCARED OF HIS OWN SHADOW AND BEGGING FOR PASSERBY’S HELP…LOL PARDON ME I CAN’T HELP BUT LAUGHING AFTER WATCHING THE VIDEO ..IT KINDA REMINDED ME OF THE 70’S CARTOON HONG KONG FUWIE EXCEPT THERE WERE NO CHOPS AN NO SUEY….LOL

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