February 3, 2023

The undercover reporter took part in an investigation for Dispatches (Picture: Channel 4)

The undercover reporter took part in an investigation for Dispatches (Picture: Channel 4)

Shocking footage shows a man following an undercover reporter who pretended to be drunk to her hotel room.

An excerpt from the Dispatches documentary Undercover: Sexual Harassment – ​​The Truth shows reporter Ellie Flynn asking the man sitting on a bed in her hotel room, “What are you doing?”

The documentary examines sexual harassment and assault in public spaces across the UK.

It shows Ellie’s experiment as she acts like a drunk person separated from her friends on nights out in both London and Liverpool to see how the audience reacts.

The confrontation took place in Ellie’s Liverpool hotel room, which was rigged with cameras, while a security team was stationed in a nearby bathroom.

After a man approaches her and follows her back to the room, the clip shows the frightening moment when he walks into the room despite not being invited.

Undercover sexual harassment - the truth.  Ellie Flynn goes undercover

The man followed her back to the hotel room and looked confused when she asked him why he was there (Picture: Channel 4)

Undercover sexual harassment - the truth.  Ellie Flynn goes undercover

Ellie also shared some of the horrifying messages she’d received (Picture: Channel 4)

Undercover sexual harassment - the truth.  Ellie Flynn goes undercover

Ellie Flynn went undercover in Leeds and Liverpool (Picture: Channel 4)

Undercover sexual harassment - the truth.  Ellie Flynn goes undercover

She pretended to be drunk and watched men react (Picture: Channel 4)

Undercover sexual harassment - the truth.  Ellie Flynn goes undercover

The man followed the undercover reporter home (Picture: Channel 4)

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At the beginning of the clip, which was shot with both Ellie’s body camera and the cameras stationed in the rooms, Ellie’s voiceover says, “I can’t believe this guy followed me all the way to my hotel room. It’s time for me to confront him.”

In the footage, “drunk” Ellie instructs the man to “sit there” while pointing to a bed.

As the man, whose face has faded and whose voice has changed, tries to take off his shoes, Ellie’s voice becomes more compelling as she says, “sit there.”

He sits down on the bed before Ellie, who now seems completely sober, asks him, “Why did you follow me here?” to which the man replies, “I like you.”

Ellie replies, “I didn’t give you any indication that I wanted you to follow me here.” So why did you follow me here?’

The man, carrying a can of Red Bull, replies: “We came together.”

Ellie then shakes her head and replies, “No, I told you I was fine alone.”

Writing in The Times, Ellie revealed her fear the moment she confronted a man – though thankfully she added that the security team didn’t have to step in to remove him.

She wrote, “Seeing your previous, vulnerable, drunk self through sober eyes is a chilling experience—and nothing could really prepare me for what came next.”

Although she has a lot of experience doing undercover work, she admitted she was “really scared” when she was dragged back to her hotel room.

Writing about the moment she confronted the man, Ellie said, “I was acutely aware of being in such an enclosed space with a man who I believe could be a sexual predator.”

She also revealed that after confronting him and asking him to leave, the man turned back to her at the door and asked her for a kiss – what she described as the most “appalling” act of harassment.

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