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Harry Styles allegedly groped during concert; fans call to #RespectHarry

/ 05:20 PM October 24, 2017
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Harry Styles  (Image: Facebook/@onedirectionmusic)

Harry Styles was performing in a charity concert when a fan allegedly groped him.

The former One Direction singer was at the CBS Radio’s We Can Survive 2017, which raises awareness for breast cancer.

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He knelt on the stage when a swarm of fans reached out to him, and one appeared to grab at his crotch.

Styles is seen batting away the hand and continuing with his performance in a red suit.

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The incident, caught on video by Jaqueline Lisinski, appears toward the end of the clip.

Fans have condemned the act with the hashtag #RespectHarry and tagged the act as sexual assault.

They also issued reminders on Twitter that the “Two Ghosts” singer is not a sexual object.

Uproar against sexual harassment and sexual assault has persisted since actresses have come forward with accusations that they had been sexually abused by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

READ: Hollywood speaks up on Harvey Weinstein sexual allegations

One video even showed the correct way to touch Harry, should he be in your vicinity:

Styles has acknowledged that the fan love is mutual: In an April 2017 Rolling Stone interview, he came to the defense of teen girls, who constitute most of his fanbase.

“Teenage-girl fans—they don’t lie. If they like you, they’re there. They don’t act ‘too cool.’ They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.” /ra

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