By Alan Neuhauser, Trevor Kapp
COBBLE HILL -- A woman draped in a sheet climbed into an NY1 news van and allegedly attacked Vivian Lee as the veteran reporter covered a story in Cobble Hill Friday morning.
The woman, who wore the white sheet over a T-shirt, sweatpants and green flip-flops, went inside the truck about 7 a.m. and began using Lee's makeup and snacking on food, Lee and a witness said.
When Lee told her to leave, the woman allegedly punched the reporter in the neck. The van's driver then grabbed the woman, hauled her out of the van and held her to the ground until cops arrived and took her away.
"I'm okay," said Lee after the incident.
"It could've been worse. This does happen a lot to media people. I'm happy I'm standing to be able to tell you."
An ambulance was not called.
Vivian Lee, seen here being interviewed after receiving a community service award in February 2011, was punched in the neck while covering a story Friday morning, July 27, 2012. (NY1)
The alleged attacker said little during or after the incident. She was handcuffed and taken away by police.
Lee was reporting on the death of Richard Schwartz, 61, who was killed after lightning struck a church steeple and sent debris tumbling to the street Thursday night.
She did not appear on-air when the segment was broadcast about 7:30 a.m.