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Black CNN staffer taunted with nuts at RNC

The delegations celebrate the official vote tally nominating Mitt Romney as the Republican party presidential candidate at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on August 28, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
The delegations celebrate the official vote tally nominating Mitt Romney as the Republican party presidential candidate at the 2012 Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa on August 28, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Two Republican convention-goers were ejected for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, "This is how we feed the animals," the U.S. network said.

"Multiple witnesses observed the exchange" at Florida's Tampa Bay Times Forum, the news network reported. Convention security and police immediately removed the two people from the arena, CNN said.

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The convention released a statement about the Tuesday incident, saying: "Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated."

The camerawoman and the two convention attendees were not immediately identified.

The network said it would have no further comment.

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