What should have been a festive event for the Modern Family castmembers turned downright creepy this week for Sarah Hyland, who plays Haley Dunphy on the sitcom. Hyland was attending a party hosted by Qantas Airlines in Sydney on Thursday night when a male fan took things way, WAY too far with the 23-year-old actress, at which point she left the event in tears.
A 29-year-old man was arrested near the venue, and according to a spokesperson for the NSW Police, "It is alleged that a man indecently assaulted a 23-year-old woman at about 7:50 p.m." Hyland's long-term boyfriend Matt Prokop is so incensed over the incident, he's posted a furious note on Twitter to the "asshole who assaulted Sarah tonight," expressing his hope that ... well, he didn't quite come out and say that he wants the guy to die in a fire, but that's pretty much the gist of it.
Hyland was outside the Modern Family event when she was allegedly groped on the chest by a man who had asked her to pose for a photograph. According to reports, she shoved him and screamed, “Don’t touch me there!” before alerting private security, who called in local police. Luckily, it sounds like the guy was arrested without any trouble, and he's currently set to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on March 14.
Hyland has since tweeted an apology to the fans who had hoped to meet her at the event:
Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn't get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan— Sarah Hyland (@Sarah_Hyland) February 20, 2014
Her boyfriend followed up with a few choice words of his own:
To the asshole who assaulted Sarah tonight I hope to God you don't see next week.— Matt Prokop (@mattpro13) February 20, 2014
All Sarah wanted to do tonight was say hi to the girls who were waiting outside one douche can ruin it for everyone. Goodnight.— Matt Prokop (@mattpro13) February 20, 2014
Damn, he is pissed. Although who could blame him, really? It's beyond gross that some dude would try and cop a feel right in front of everyone, like he thought Hyland was his personal property or something. I can imagine that this is the sort of thing that makes celebrities really nervous about meeting large crowds of fans -- or even leaving their house, for that matter.
Do you think Hyland's boyfriend's comment was appropriate, given what happened?
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