During Harry Styles‘s 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.
Harry has yet to address the incident on social media.
Editor’s note: Teen Vogue has opted not to embed the video in question.