'Modern Family' actress allegedly groped in Sydney

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2014 at 8:38 am •  Published: February 21, 2014
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SYDNEY (AP) — Sarah Hyland filmed scenes with her "Modern Family" castmates on a Sydney beach Friday, a day after police arrested a man the actress said had touched her inappropriately at a cast event.

The man allegedly groped her chest after asking the actress to pose for a photograph, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Hyland, 23, who plays big-eyed teen Haley Dunphy, immediately alerted private security guards at the party Thursday night, and they called police. She was shaken and left early from the event sponsored by Qantas Airways, the newspaper said.

"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," she wrote on Twitter.

Her actor-boyfriend who accompanied her to Australia, Matt Prokop, tweeted: "To the (expletive) who assaulted Sarah tonight I hope to God you don't see next week."

An unnamed police spokeswoman told the Morning Herald that the 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was 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 to appear in a Sydney court on March 14. Police haven't revealed his name.