Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller was filmed attacking a man who groped her breast at the Rhythm & Vines music festival in Gisbourne, New Zealand, on New Years Day.
Anello-Kitzmiller, who was wearing only glitter on her breasts, followed the man (with her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield), tossed a drink in his face and punched him multiple times.
The 20-year-old American defended her actions to the DailyMail Australia:
I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look.
He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built-up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand.
A human’s body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing.
In the end, we are all born naked, and each human is uniquely similar to the next in that we all have a naked body. You don’t look at yourself in the shower and say “ew, disgusting’ right?”
So why should anybody say that to anybody else? A humans body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing or the lack thereof.
Giann Reece filmed the incident and posted it on Facebook with a caption:
Idk who you are glitter booby girl, but you and your sassy friend were the highlight of my RNV experience. Hope you and your party breasts made it home safe.
Anello-Kitzmiller claimed she was abused by male and female festivalgoers the day before the incident while wearing a T-shirt.
(Sources: Daily Mail Australia, Giann Reece/Facebook via YouTube)