Sarah Hyland Groped By a Fan, Leaves Event; Boyfriend Matt Prokop Reacts

Celebrity News Feb. 20, 2014 AT 3:00PM
Sarah Hyland at the Modern Family Media Call at The Sebel on Feb. 20 Sarah Hyland was allegedly groped at an event for Modern Family in Australia on Feb. 20. Credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

A fan crossed the line on Thursday, Feb. 20 when he allegedly groped Modern Family star Sarah Hyland at a party hosted by Qantas at The Sebel Pier One in Sydney, Australia. 

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According to the Daily Mail, the unidentified fan grabbed Hyland's breast, which caused her to scream "Don't touch me there!" before bursting into tears and ultimately leaving the event early. The 23-year-old actress, who plays Haley Dunphy on the hit ABC comedy, tweeted, "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's longterm boyfriend Matt Prokop lashed out on Twitter after Hyland was allegedly groped at an event in Australia.
Sarah Hyland's longterm boyfriend Matt Prokop lashed out on Twitter after Hyland was allegedly groped at an event in Australia.
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A spokesperson for the NSW Police told the Daily Mail, "A man is assisting police with investigations following an alleged assault of a woman yesterday. It is alleged the man indecently assaulted the 23-year-old woman near Hickson Road, The Rocks, at about 7:50 p.m. A 29-year-old man was arrested. Police are continuing their investigations." 

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The cast has been in Australia since Feb. 18, filming and attending events, and Hyland's live-in, long-term boyfriend Matt Prokop also accompanied her across the pond. He was particularly agitated by the fan's unwanted advances, tweeting, "To the a**hole who assaulted Sarah tonight I hope to God you don't see next week."

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The High School Musical 3 star continued to express his anger, writing, "All Sarah wanted to do tonight was say hi to the girls who were waiting outside one douche can ruin it for everyone. Goodnight." 

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