Harry Styles was grabbed in the crouch during a concert (and his fans aren't happy)

Harry Styles was subjected to some pretty invasive behavior when he performed Saturday night (Oct. 21) at the Hollywood Bowl. And his fans are furious about it, with many calling it out as “sexual assault.” 

The pop star apparently got groped when he got up close to the audience at the We Can Survive show, an all-star benefit concert for breast cancer awareness. Footage from the floor shows a flurry of hands reaching out and probing the former One Direction star. One rogue hand seems to grab at his crotch, at which point Styles turns his back and rejoins the band.  

Styles hasn’t responded to the incident, but many are weighing in on social media. Messages of sympathy and solidarity are pouring in with hundreds adopting the hashtag #RespectHarry, which is snowballing on Twitter. 

 

 

 

"#RespectHarry Protect and respect this man at all cost remember he is human not a object, what happened has disgusted me,” wrote user @wizzardbank. Another, Luke Waltham‏, said: “Public Service Announcement: Celebrities are human beings. Harry Styles is a human being. He is not a sexual object.”

“I swear to God, I am disgusted to bits. Whoever groped Harry, u should be ashamed of yourself. It was gross and out of place," wrote @flickernat.

The incident follows a flood of sexual assault claims leveled against Harvey Weinstein and fresh allegations against director James Toback. In recent days, thousands of women and men have shared their personal stories as the hashtag #MeToo became a call to action for anyone who has experienced sexual assault and harassment.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Harry Styles performs onstage at Radio City Music Hall on September 28, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sony Music)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Sony Music)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Sony Music)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Styles performs on the Tour Opening Date at The Masonic on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Sony Music)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Harry Styles performs onstage at The Greek Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Sony Music)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Styles performs on the Tour Opening Date at The Masonic on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Sony Music)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Styles performs on the Tour Opening Date at The Masonic on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Sony Music)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Harry Styles performs on the Tour Opening Date at The Masonic on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for Sony Music)
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