Harry Styles Groped by Fan at Concert, Sparking Outrage Over Sexual Assault
The topic of sexual assault has been in the news quite often lately, with numerous female AND male stars speaking out about their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. Harry Styles didn’t have to share his story of being groped, however, — the whole thing was caught on tape.
The 23-year-old singer was performing “Kiwi” at the We Can Survive breast cancer benefit concert on Saturday, October 21, in Los Angeles when he walked to the edge of the stage and keeled down in front of fans. Screaming girls quickly swarmed the former One Direction guy, trying to get a quick touch. While most of the fans were very respectful of Harry’s personal space, one girl literally reached out and sexually assaulted him by grabbing his crotch.
Woah woah woah wait.
My boy Harry gets groped and all is said is "Respect him and his boundaries."
If it was revered oh no it'll be chaos pic.twitter.com/xvJ4SZxacy
— BrandonNobody (@BelowBrandon) October 23, 2017
You can see that Hazza grabbed her hand to remove it from his private area, then quickly got up and walked away to continue performing.
When fans saw the video, they were rightfully LIVID. This wasn’t an incident of an overzealous audience member — this was sexual assault.
Harry Styles being groped is proof that women aren’t the only ones in danger of being sexually assaulted. This fan wasn’t “overzealous”…
— 𝔄𝔲𝔯𝔬𝔪𝔫𝔦𝔞 (@Auromnia) October 23, 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
ppl are actually saying harry puts himself in situations like that, idc how close he gets to you, you have no right to sexually assault him
— sandra (@pezlarrie) October 22, 2017
No one should ever touch your body without your consent. That is sexual assault.Harry deserves respect.He's not an object,he's a human being
— diana ◟̽◞̽ (@lwtyleshome) October 22, 2017
what happened to harry is a SEXUAL ASSAULT what happened to harry is a SEXUAL ASSAULT what happened to harry is a SEXUAL ASSAULT what happen
— k (@spideylosers) October 22, 2017
Harry was visibly uncomfortable with the fact that the girl grabbed his crotch. That is sexual assault, take her ass to court
— lo. (@PukingHoran) October 22, 2017
So I just saw a video of Harry Styles doing a show and people grabbing his crotch THAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT PEOPLE JUST BECAUSE ITS HARRY –
— adele (@noelxmickey) October 22, 2017
It’s important to remember that both females AND males can be sexually assaulted and it’s ALWAYS wrong, no matter the circumstances.
These male actors shared their sexual assault stories amid Harvey Weinstein scandal:
James Van Der Beek
Although it's likely that there are many men in Hollywood who are still afraid to speak out about their sexual assault, others, such as James Van Der Beek, are trying to break the stigma.
James took to Twitter to say, "What Weinstein is being accused of is criminal. What he's admitted to is unacceptable — in any industry. I applaud everybody speaking out. I've had my ass grabbed by older, powerful men, I've had them corner me in inappropriate sexual conversations when I was much younger... I understand the unwarranted shame, powerlessness & inability to blow the whistle. There's a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome."
We are SO grateful that James is not only sharing his story, but that he's also letting the female victims know that he understands exactly what they're feeling. Sometimes, it's just enough to know you're not alone.