Bachelor Colton Underwood Says He Was Touched ‘Inappropriately’ at an Event
Underwood decided to leave an event early on Wednesday after
Underwood was at an event for The Legacy Foundation, his charity that helps children with cystic fibrosis, when the incident occurred.
After leaving, he took to his Instagram story to explain what happpened and apologize to the people who didn’t get to speak to him.
“I’m sorry if you didn’t get a picture at the event last night, but at one point during the
“I didn’t sign up to be a piece of meat or a zoo animal,” he continued. “I hope we run into each other at another event or on the street and I can take the time to say hello,” he wrote.
History with Harassment
Underwood is no stranger to speaking up against harassment. He formerly dated gymnast Aly Raisman who accused USA Gymnastics team doctor, Dr. Larry Nassar of abuse.
“I think it’s really important that we continue to support women that are really encouraging and making a movement, and making waves in their own ways,” he told The Hollywood Reporter of Raisman’s choice to speak out.
Caelynn Miller-Keyes, a contestant on this season of The Bachelor also revealed to Underwood that she was assaulted when she was in college.
“For people to talk and to really share their experience is not an easy thing, so the fact that Caelynn could do that, and so eloquently, just shows how brave and how impressive she is as a woman,” he told the outlet of Miller-Keyes’ confession.
“That moment was bigger than the show itself. For me, the takeaway, even after watching it back, is that we really need to spend more time listening and understanding what makes a person who they are. We all have different life experiences, whether great or tragic, and it’s about supporting each other, being there to listen and to not being afraid to say, ‘Hey, I don’t know what you’re going through, but this is my experience.’ I hope it shows people who watched to be confident in who they are and also to not hesitate to speak out when they think that something is worth standing up for in life.”
Underwood first entered The Bachelor world in Becca Kufrin’s season as one of the men vying for her heart. He made it to the hometown dates before an appearance from his former fling Tia Booth and doubts from Kufrin caused him to be sent home.
He then appeared on Bachelor in Paradise, where he and Booth gave their remance another shot. Things seemed to be going fine until Underwood left unexpectedly, claiming there was something missing in the relationship.
After Bachelor in Paradise, Underwood went on to be the first virgin Bachelor in the show’s history.
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