A fan who allegedly groped the Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland has been charged with indecent assault, Australian police have confirmed.
Ms Hyland, widely known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy in the award-winning comedy ABC series, was posing for a photograph with a fan outside a venue in downtown Sydney when the man is said to have groped her chest.
The 23-year-old actress immediately alerted private security guards, who called police to the scene.
The cast of Modern Family had arrived in Sydney earlier this week to shoot an Australian episode.
The actress later took to Twitter and apologised to fans who had been waiting outside a party for cast members to see her.
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 Matt Prokop, who had accompanied her to Australia also took to Twitter to express his frustration over the incident.
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
New South Wales police said a 29-year-old man has been charged with assault with an act of indecency, a crime that carries a potential maximum of five years in prison. He was freed on bail and is expected to appear in a Sydney court on 14 March.