The hashtag #RespectHarry went viral on Twitter Sunday after video surfaced from Saturday night’s “We Can Survive” breast cancer benefit concert in Los Angeles. That’s because they say some of the footage shows someone in the front row grabbing at Harry’s private parts in what might constitute a sexual assault.
In the video, Harry drops to his knees at the edge of a stage. As he’s feeding off the energy of the crowd, a hand that is reaching for Harry’s shirt appears to drift below his belt and make a grab between his legs. Accounts from fans who claimed they were at the show added detail to what multiple camera angles appear to show.
Fans were outraged and started the hashtag to vent their frustrations. Some seemed to think it was particularly cruel that Harry was victimized given his social justice mindset. Harry has worn a rainbow flag on stage before and made it clear he’s a strong supporter of gay rights. Fans characterized his shows as especially welcoming and inclusive.
All of this comes after weeks of the entertainment industry being rocked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Sexual assault is a hot topic as people in Hollywood and beyond consider its realities and repercussions.
See video of Harry’s assault below and read some of the conversations happening on Twitter.
(Photo credit: “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” YouTube account)
— finn (@woIfhardbae) October 22, 2017
This is flat out disgusting and vile. I am sick and tired of his so called “fans” treating him like this, he deserves better #RespectHarry pic.twitter.com/xJKlUnFfY0 — Just like Neko (@larryshighnotes) October 22, 2017