A female fan has been accused of groping Harry Styles at a breast cancer awareness event in the United States.
The singer was performing on stage at the event when a woman allegedly reached up and touched his crotch. The 23-year-old former One Direction star could then be seen moving the woman’s hand away before continuing on with his set.
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Since the incident, many have called out what they believe to be a double standard – arguing that if a male fan groped a female singer in the same way, it would immediately be considered a serious sexual assault and the reaction from the public and authorities would be much more damning.
Styles’ fans have called for more respect for the singer and have reinforced the message that touching anyone without consent is sexual assault.
The hashtag ‘Respect Harry’ is now trending.
— em | 9 days ???? (@stylesscrabble) October 22, 2017
Harry is out there using his platform to empower us women and y’all treat him like this. Disgusting. He isn’t an object.#RespectHarry
— Ayette Malak. (@ayettemalak) October 22, 2017
It is NOT okay to touch Harry, or anyone, without their consent, especially in the thigh/crotch area. There is NO justifying this behavior.
— Harry Styles Updates (@HSupdating) October 22, 2017
I’m in tears. Harry has created such a safe space for everyone, and this is how he’s repaid? Sexual assault? I just… ???????? #RespectHarry
— BeWithMeSoHappily (@Happily_Larry_) October 22, 2017
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
The fans believe that in the wake of the slew of sexual assault allegations leveled against Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein, it’s important to call out this behaviour for what it is – sexual assault.
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