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German TV reporter apologises for pretending she’d been clearing flood debris

A German TV reporter has apologised after she was caught smearing herself in mud earlier than filming a report in a flood-devastated city this week.

Susanna Ohlen, 39, has been suspended amid claims she tried to mislead viewers by suggesting she had lent a hand with the clean-up effort in Bad Munstereifel following heavy flooding that claimed a minimum of 128 lives in Germany.

In an Instagram submit on Friday, Ohlen mentioned she had helped out in earlier days and was ‘ashamed’ to seem earlier than assist employees with a clear physique on the day of the stay broadcast.

‘After I had already privately helped out within the area on earlier days, on that morning I used to be ashamed to seem on digital camera in entrance of the opposite assist employees with a clear higher physique,’ she wrote in German. 

‘So I unthinkingly smeared mud on my clothes. This ought to by no means have occurred to me as a journalist. It occurred to me as an individual whose coronary heart was touched by the struggling of all these affected.’         

RTL.de had revealed an article titled ‘Cleaning up after the flood: RTL presenter lends a hand in  Bad Munstereifel’, which featured Ohlen. 

However it was faraway from the web site after a video emerged days later, apparently filmed from a close-by constructing, that appeared to point out her scooping muddy water off a avenue and smearing it on her cheeks. 

RTL mentioned: ‘Our reporter’s strategy clearly contradicts journalistic ideas and our personal requirements. We subsequently gave her a depart of absence on Monday after we heard about it.’ 

RTL presenter Susanna Ohlen has apologised after she was caught smearing herself in mud earlier than filming a report in a flood devastated city this week

Footage shows Susanna Ohlen apparently smearing herself with mud

Ohlen appears to stoop, pick up some mud, and rub it on her face

Ohlen was caught smearing herself in mud earlier than filming a report in  Bad Munstereifel

She muddied herself, apparently to pretend she had lent a hand with the clean up effort in Bad Munstereifel following heavy flooding that claimed at least 128 lives in Germany

She muddied herself, apparently to faux she had lent a hand with the clear up effort in Bad Munstereifel following heavy flooding that claimed a minimum of 128 lives in Germany

The video seems to point out Ohlen in a blue shirt, hat, and boots, bend down, choose up some mud, and smear it on her garments whereas surrounded by flood broken homes and debris. 

She then bends down a second time, this time wiping the mud on her face. 

The onlooker will be heard laughing within the background because the reporter then turns again to face her digital camera crew.  

Ohlen had labored at RTL since 2008 and offered Good Evening RTL, and Point 12, amongst others. She presently presents the channel’s flagship Good Morning Germany programme.

Ohlen was suspended by RTL after she was caught smearing herself in mud before filming a report in a flood devastated town this week

Ohlen was suspended by RTL after she was caught smearing herself in mud earlier than filming a report in a flood devastated city this week

Susanna Ohlen attends the #ZeroHungerRun Cologne on July 8, 2021

Ohlen attends the 25th RTL Telethon on November 20, 2020 in Huerth, Germany

Ohlen had labored at RTL since 2008 and offered Good Evening RTL and Point 12, amongst others. She presently presents the channel’s flagship Good Morning Germany programme

Footage appears to show Ohlen in a blue shirt, hat, and boots

She appears to bend down, pick up some mud, and smear it on her clothes

Footage seems to point out Ohlen in a blue shirt, hat, and boots, bend down, choose up some mud, and smear it on her garments whereas surrounded by flood broken homes and debris

Ohlen then appears to bend down a second time, this time wiping the mud on her face, before turning back to camera to film the segment

Ohlen then seems to bend down a second time, this time wiping the mud on her face, earlier than turning again to digital camera to movie the section

Ohlen’s actions got here after Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and France had been hit by days heavy rainfall and fooding final week. 

The floods have now claimed a minimum of 196 lives throughout worst-hit Germany and Belgium and are anticipated to depart billions of euros value of damages.  

In the Ahrweiler space of western Germany’s Rhineland-Palatinate state, the variety of recorded deaths has surpassed 110 and police worry that determine should rise. 

In neighbouring North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state, 46 individuals had been confirmed lifeless, together with 4 firefighters, whereas Belgium has confirmed 31 casualties. 

Desperate kin launched pictures of lacking family members over the weekend as floodwaters receded and the hope of discovering survivors pale.   

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Belgian King Phillippe and Queen Mathilde have all visited the catastrophe zone.  

Pictured: A destroyed railway track, building and highway are visible between Rech and MAyschoss in Ahrweiler, Germany on Friday following devastating flooding

Pictured: A destroyed railway monitor, constructing and freeway are seen between Rech and MAyschoss in Ahrweiler, Germany on Friday following devastating flooding

Residents in Ahrweiler, western Germany, start the clean up after heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in the region

Residents in Ahrweiler, western Germany, begin the clear up after heavy rains prompted mudslides and flooding within the area

Residents survey the damage caused by days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, on Saturday

Residents survey the harm attributable to days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Pepinster, Belgium, on Saturday

Wrecked cars and trucks are flooded on the B265 federal highway in Erftstadt, Germany

Wrecked automobiles and vehicles are flooded on the B265 federal freeway in Erftstadt, Germany

A view of destroyed houses in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, which were destroyed after the ground beneath them collapsed into a nearby gravel pit

A view of destroyed homes in Erftstadt-Blessem, Germany, which had been destroyed after the bottom beneath them collapsed into a close-by gravel pit

Workers clear a destroyed street after the floods caused major damage in Schuld near Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

Workers clear a destroyed avenue after the floods prompted main harm in Schuld close to Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

A resident trudges through the disaster left by flash flooding in the German zone of Bad Muenstereifel on Sunday morning

A resident trudges via the catastrophe left by flash flooding within the German zone of Bad Muenstereifel on Sunday morning 

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