During Harry Styles‘ performance at the We Can Survive breast cancer benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night, several fans captured an upsetting interaction on camera. As Harry moved closer to the crowd while singing “Kiwi,” an audience member appeared to grab his crotch.
“Near the end of performing ‘Kiwi,’ like usual, Harry went to the very front of the stage to get the crowd extra excited,” an unnamed witness told Yahoo!. “He got down onto his knees and was shaking his arms to the music with his eyes closed. A fan then reached out and touched his crotch. He very quickly got up and appeared to also shove their hand a little bit to remove them faster. You can tell it freaked him out a little because as he continued performing, he avoided the section that fan was standing in.”
Fans are condemning the incident on Twitter as sexual assault, with many using the hashtag #RespectHarry. Some are making an important point: that unwanted touching in this way is sexual harassment and assault, period. Just because someone is a famous singer does not allow anyone to touch them without their consent.
That is called sexual assault. It doesn’t matter if the victim was male or female. THAT is sexual assault. #RespectHarry
— just like nads (@NadiaChristabel) October 22, 2017
if you grab someone’s dick without their consent, it’s sexual assault. just because harry’s a male doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the same right as women. you must be absolutely disgusting if you think him kneeling in front of you calls for that. i’m disgusted. #respectharry
— 𝑙𝑖𝑙𝑦 (@floralspark) October 22, 2017
When he kneels in the front you should understand that he’s doing it to get close to you. NOT TO BE TOUCHED INAPPROPRIATELY #RespectHarry
— H.🌹 (@bringmetoniall_) October 22, 2017
Harry has yet to address the incident on social media.
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