A male fan has been arrested for groping actress Sarah Hyland at an event in Australia this week (begs17Feb14). The Modern Family star was posing with fans at a party at The Sebel Pier One in Sydney on Tuesday (18Feb14), when an unidentified male, who asked her for a picture, grabbed her breast.
Following the incident, the 23 year old abruptly left the venue and took to Twitter.com to apologise for leaving early.
She wrote on Thursday (20Feb14), "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."
Her boyfriend, Matt Prokop, added, "To the a**hole who assaulted Sarah tonight I hope to God you don't see next week.
"All Sarah wanted to do tonight was say hi to the girls who were waiting outside one douche can ruin it for everyone. Goodnight."
Police officials confirm the man has since been arrested.
A spokesperson tells MailOnline.com, "A man is assisting police with investigations following an alleged indecent assault of a woman yesterday. It is alleged the man indecently assaulted the 23-year-old woman... A 29-year-old man was arrested. Police are continuing their investigations."
Modern Family star Matt Prokop is the latest celebrity to be drawn into an online feud with troubled actress Amanda Bynes. Prokop was riled by one of Bynes' bizarre tweets on Saturday (15Jun13), in which she wrote, "If you're not hot I don't care about you."
The 22 year old replied, "'If you're not hot I don't care about you...' look in a mirror... Stop getting work done. Save what's left."
Things turned nasty between the pair when the Hairspray star targeted Prokop's co-star and girlfriend Sarah Hyland, claiming she had an "ugly face".
The disgruntled actor hit back, writing, "My girl is more successful than you ever will be... enjoy the long road downhill disgusting crack head... It's sad Amanda Bynes was a child actress who kids looked up to. Now she's just a lost soul in a plastic face. get help."
Undeterred, Bynes replied, "I like her ugly face! She isn't as pretty as me! You need to put up two comparable professional photos! She's not a model I am... also new pics because surgery helps me! I need more to make my nose smaller! I'll put our pics side by side to prove my point!"
Prokop pulled out of the Twitter war with one last message, which read, "stop getting work. You were beautiful. Me and Sarah looked up to you. Now you are looking more like a pornstar."
The online argument is the latest round for Bynes, who has criticised the looks of Miley Cyrus, Drake, Lance Bass and Rihanna in recent weeks.
The tweets come amid concerns for the actress' health following her recent arrest for drug charges and erratic behaviour.
The Modern Family co-stars were vacationing at The Mirage Las Vegas hotel on 14 July (12) when someone reportedly snatched Prokop's cash while they were swimming in the pool.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, "Gotta love getting robbed in Vegas... Thanks for the concern about the 1200$ it was stolen out of my wallet while we were in the pool".
The 21 year old had hoped the hotel's security team would be able to track down the perpetrator, however they had no such luck: "Wow the #mirage in Vegas sucks security team couldn't do anything lesson learned NEVER going back!"
Hyland was just as furious, tweeting, "You'd think a 'four diamond award winning resort' such as @TheMirageLV has security cameras to catch thieves. Won't ever be staying there."
Hyland and Prokop, who have been dating for two years, play on-screen lovers Hayley and Ethan in the hit U.S. comedy series, but the 21 year old admits their relationship was put to the test when her secret battle with kidney dysplasia came to a head earlier this year (12).
Hyland underwent life-saving transplant surgery this spring (12) and the actress confesses she feared the High School Musical 3: Senior Year star would run from commitment issues - but he stayed right by her side.
She tells Seventeen magazine, "The whole time I was there (in the hospital), Matt was running around and cleaning up the house and making everything spotless, getting air purifiers so the air would be clean and good for me to live in and somehow finding time to see me and spend nights with me in the hospital... Any other 21-year-old guy would not be there, I guarantee it. I am one of the luckiest people in the world to have him be there for me."
And Hyland insists he's offered a great deal of moral support too: "He helps me with my medications and takes me to doctor appointments and all the stuff that I need to do to take care of myself... I used to have to take shots every four weeks, but they were at home. It's a straight-up syringe into your leg. I wasn't able to do that by myself, so he did that for me. Every four weeks, I would freak out and sit in the chair with my pants around my ankles, holding on to a pillow for five minutes being like, 'I'm not ready...' So he knew how to calm me down and make me feel that everything was going to be OK."
What story? Does it really matter? Basically the Wildcats have graduated to the big screen for their senior year with the daunting task of -- guess what? -- putting on a big show. In addition to performance anxiety the singing and dancing kids must also figure out what to wear and who to bring to the prom. Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) in particular have to figure out what is to become of their romance when Gaby goes to Stanford while Troy stays in Arizona. Adding to the drama is the fact representatives from Julliard will be in attendance at the show and their approval could be just the showbiz break these young talents are looking for. All of this interstitial storytelling is just an excuse to launch into one of the 10 big musical numbers written for this theatrical continuation of the enormously successful Emmy-winning Disney Channel TV films and although the songs seem to have come out of the same cookie cutter mold the production values make this HSM an eye-popping celebration of song and dance that’s pure entertainment from start to finish. This attractive and energetic young cast have used the two previous films to grow into their roles and win instant audience recognition. It’s in the expanded and more demanding musical numbers that everyone really gets their turn in the sun and no one disappoints. Zac Efron channels Justin Timberlake with his athletic and singular “Scream ” a breakdance against the walls of the school’s hallway that’s pretty damn thrilling to watch. It’s the hip-hop equivalent of Fred Astaire’s classic dance on the ceiling in 1950’s Royal Wedding. Equally effective is his intense auto junkyard number with Corbin Bleu (returning as Chad) “The Boys Are Back ” is a lively paean to Michael Jackson’s ‘80s videos like Beat It. Hudgens does nicely with the largely forgettable ballads “Walk Away” and “Right Here Right Now” (with Efron). Lucas Grabeel back as Ryan goes all top hat and tails on us in the Broadway inspired “I Want It All” -- opposite diva-like Sharpay played with conniving authority once again by Ashley Tisdale. Monique Coleman as Taylor is right at home here as well along with the other veteran of the earlier films Olesya Rulin as Kelsi. Assuming the series goes on after graduation a new generation of HSM performers will be required and that is the apparent reason for the generous screen time given to younger newer cast members: Matt Prokop Justin Martin and young British import Jemma McKenzie–Brown. With director/choreographer Kenny Ortega at the helm the HSM concept has been opened up to fill the expanse of the big screen. At its core the musical numbers are much MUCH larger and grandiose than they ever were in the TV films. Ortega and his team have used bright vivid Technicolor images reminiscent of the heyday of ‘50s Hollywood musicals and married it to a contemporary approach. Still he seems to be channeling in some ways the elaborate Busby Berkeley movie musicals of the ‘30s particularly in Grabeel’s set pieces. Clearly Ortega ‘gets it’ and knows what style and verve a musical like this needs -- no matter how young the intended audience. Having the luxury of directing most of his primary cast in the two previous HSM TV outings he takes that small-screen energy and lets it explode in all its widescreen glory.