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An old clip of Louis Walsh touching Mel B's bum on live TV is being criticised on Twitter

“Why are you grabbing my butt?”

LOUIS WALSH IS the talk of Twitter over a 2014 clip in which he repeatedly touches Spice Girl Mel B’s bum live on air.

Louis Walsh Source: Ian West

The X Factor judge is being criticised over his behaviour, which took place on sister show The Xtra Factor.

The clip shows Walsh sitting beside Mel B on a sofa, as he repeatedly pats her bum while being interviewed.

Mel B stops the interview to ask Walsh: “Why are you grabbing my butt?”

Walsh replies:

I’m looking after you, I’m looking after you.”

Simon Cowell interjects at this point, saying:

Honestly, you’re safe.”

Source: AJfuntime/YouTube

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The video was originally tweeted by Twitter user Lonely Scribe.

Some people on Twitter think what he did constitutes sexual harassment.

However, a minority reckon Mel B’s in the wrong for “embarrassing” Walsh.

He should be embarrassed for a whole other reason, but anyway …

Regardless, it’s important that these things are called out, be it present-day or a reexamination of past events. People will try and explain it away, but the fact is – Mel B felt uncomfortable enough to make a point of it on live television. That’s dodge.

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