A lawmaker in Argentina has been suspended after he kissed a woman’s breast during a live Zoom meeting of the legislature.
The video, which has gone viral, shows Juan Emilio Ameri pulling down the blouse of his female companion and kissing her breast in the middle of the Zoom meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020.
The Argentine lawmakers have been broadcasting their Congress sessions held on Zoom to the public since the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the meeting, Ameri had his partner sit on his lap, then he begins touching her body, before pulling down her top and kissing her breast.
Scandal in Argentina as a national lawmaker (Juan Emilio Ameri from Northern Salta province) is caught on camera pulling down his partner's shirt and kissing her breast during a virtual session of Congress. He has been suspended. pic.twitter.com/VSipPSDJSr
— Daniel Politi (@dpoliti) September 24, 2020
Ameri is from the ruling Peronist party and at the time he and his colleagues were debating bills, according to reports.
House president Sergio Massa interrupted the session to report “a serious offense by a deputy.”
“There was a situation that has nothing to do with the normal decorum and operation of this house,” he said and called for the immediate suspension of Ameri and the creation of a five-member commission to expedite his expulsion. The proposals were endorsed.
Ameri, from Salta province, said he did not realise he was still connected.
“I’m very ashamed, very bad,” Ameri told Con Vos de Buenos Aires radio.
“It’s not that I was having sex with my wife. It was a 10-second circumstance,” he said. “She came out of the bathroom and I saw her. I told her let’s see how it is because she’d had an implant put in a few days ago.”
He said he was convinced he didn’t have an internet connection but was reconnected automatically.