Disturbing footage has captured the moment Harry Styles was sexually assaulted as he performed on stage at the Hollywood Bowl.
The Sign Of The Times singer’s fans have been quick to condemn the actions of several audience members who appeared to grab at his crotch while he performed on Saturday night in LA.
The Twitter user, who goes by @wanderessla, shared the alleged assault online:
Here’s a slowed down video of the video I took where someone touched Harry inappropriately ? pic.twitter.com/tpQhSdNI7J
— la bruja del 71 (@wanderessla) October 23, 2017
The superfan shared the clip, but when others noticed the inappropriate groping, she offered a slow-motion version of the footage she filmed from the crowd.
The clip shows Harry quickly removing himself from the groper and bravely continuing his performance – seemingly unfazed.
Responding to the footage, @sawthisangeI condemned the assault in a viral tweet:
harry styles was sexually assault by a female at a benefit concert* https://t.co/BRJ1pf21gp
— ? (@sawthisangeI) October 22, 2017
Another angry fan defended the former One Direction star, and his right to his own personal space both when he’s on and off stage.
___VXXIIS also used the hashtag, ‘Respect Harry’:
— ً (@___VXXIIS) October 22, 2017
The Harry Styles incident comes after Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole has been shaken to its very core, when the systematic and insipid abuse of movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein was alleged by the brave woman who spoke out in a New York Times editorial.
Harvey Weinstein has been accused of many incidents of gross sexual misconduct – including harassment, sexual assault and rape – by over 50 women.
Now, and only now, with safety in numbers, have these strong women felt able to talk about the abuse they suffered, showing just how insipid and poisonous the nature of sexual abuse can be at the hands of powerful people.
In bravely telling their stories, these women have inspired others to come forward on social media, using the hashtag ‘Me Too’, in a cathartic but horrific display of how widespread sexual abuse is in wider society too.
There’s also the deafening silence of those survivors who’ve been unable to come forward, due to their circumstances, which we would be remiss to forget.
Reminder that if a woman didn't post #MeToo, it doesn't mean she wasn't sexually assaulted or harassed. Survivors don't owe you their story.
— Alexis Benveniste (@apbenven) October 16, 2017
Meanwhile, Channing Tatum, among others, has cut all ties with the Weinstein Company, demonstrating perfectly how men and women in Hollywood, who have not been victimised by sexual abuse, can help battle the system that has allowed survivors to suffer in silence for so many decades.
His is just the latest example of Hollywood’s awakening and the subsequent outpouring of support for those who have come forward and accused Harvey Weinstein of gross sexual misconduct.
Last week, Amazon Studios cut ties with the company, thereby ending a David O. Russell television project starring Robert DeNiro and Julianne Moore. Democratic politicians like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and Kristen Gillibrand have said they’ll donate campaign funds they received from Weinstein to charity.
Likewise, these Harry Styles fans who are outspoken in calling out the audience members who groped the 23-year-old, are showing how sexual abuse can be stopped with a public show of objection. Harry himself is yet to comment.
For support and information, you can call the Freephone 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Refuge and Women’s Aid on 0808 2000 247.
You can also call the Men’s Advice Line (managed by Respect) on 0808 801 0327.