Harry Styles Had His Crotch Grabbed During a Concert (and His Fans Aren't Happy)
The incident happened during the We Can Survive all-star charity show at the Hollywood Bowl.
Harry Styles was subjected to some pretty invasive behavior when he performed Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl. And his fans are furious about it, with many calling it out as “sexual assault.”
The pop star apparently was groped when he got up close to the audience at the We Can Survive show, an all-star benefit concert for breast cancer awareness. Footage from the floor shows a flurry of hands reaching out and probing the former One Direction star. One rogue hand seems to grab at his crotch, at which point Styles turns his back and rejoins the band.
Styles hasn’t responded to the incident, but many are weighing in on social media. Messages of sympathy and solidarity are pouring in with hundreds adopting the hashtag #RespectHarry, which is snowballing on Twitter.
"#RespectHarry Protect and respect this man at all cost remember he is human not an object, what happened has disgusted me,” wrote user @wizzardbank. Another, Luke Waltham, said: “Public Service Announcement: Celebrities are human beings. Harry Styles is a human being. He is not a sexual object.”
“I swear to God, I am disgusted to bits. Whoever groped Harry, u should be ashamed of yourself. It was gross and out of place," wrote @flickernat.
The incident follows a flood of sexual assault claims leveled against Harvey Weinstein and fresh allegations against director James Toback. In recent days, thousands of women and men have shared their personal stories as the hashtag #MeToo became a call to action for anyone who has experienced sexual assault and harassment.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.