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Footage of Mel B being groped on live TV resurfaces online

“Hold on a second. Why are you grabbing my butt?”

A clip of Mel B being groped on live television has resurfaced, sparking outrage across social media. 

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Earlier this week, a 2014 video from the British show “The X Factor” appeared online. It features Mel B and the other judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh sitting on a couch discussing the series. 

As they chat, Walsh begins patting Mel B on her buttock. When she notices, she stops the conversation immediately and says, “Hold on a second ... Why are you grabbing my butt,” as she moves away from him. 

Walsh replies, “I’m looking out for Mel.”

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A Twitter user uploaded the recording Sunday with the caption “sexual harassment on live TV folks.” It garnered nearly 150,000 retweets and more than 265,000 likes.

Many also flooded the comments section with their opinions, referring to the behavior as inappropriate.

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Others thought Mel B overreacted. Some noted that Walsh is gay and believed Mel “embarrassed” him. 

And a few said the incident was just one of the many examples why the #MeToo movement is needed. 

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