Harry Styles was subjected to some pretty invasive behavior when he performed Saturday night (Oct. 21) at the Hollywood Bowl. And his fans are furious about it, with many calling it out as “sexual assault.”
The pop star apparently got 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 a 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.
Public Service Announcement: Celebrities are human beings. Harry Styles is a human being. He is not a sexual object #RespectHarry— Luke Waltham (@lukewaltham) October 22, 2017
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. #RespectHarry— Nat ◟̽◞̽ (@flickernat) October 23, 2017
Someone in the front row at a benefit concert groped @Harry_Styles, so here's a daily reminder: DO NOT TOUCH PEOPLE WITHOUT CONSENT.— Kevin Welsh (@kctww) October 22, 2017
It’s sad that we still have to do these trends cause people still can’t respect Harry. Call this what it is. Sexual assault #RespectHarry— nocontrolprojec (@NoControlProjec) October 22, 2017
I am absolutely disgusted by what happened. I hope people know that REAL fans would never doing anything like that. #RespectHarry— adrienne 🖤✨ (@egginmycrocs_) October 22, 2017
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