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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?”
Jul 9th 2018, 2:33 PM 26,666 0

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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