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Justin Hartley Says a Fan Sexually Harassed Him at a Restaurant

Justin Hartley Says a Fan Sexually Harassed Him at a Restaurant

Justin Hartley is opening up about an uncomfortable encounter with a fan, as “she should be ashamed of herself.”

The 41-year-old This Is Us star says the incident happened while he was dining at a restaurant with friends in Chicago.

“This woman – who I don’t know, a stranger to me – recognized me and started screaming, going crazy,” he told Good Housekeeping. “She ran over and started kissing me.”

“I said, ‘You do not walk up to people that you do not know and put your mouth on their face,’” he continued. “‘If I did that to you, I would be in prison. Please do not do that. And not that I’m trying to teach you life lessons, but I feel like this is a really good one for you. Don’t do that to anybody ever again.’”

The woman seemed embarrassed afterward, so she and Justin apparently had a “little breaking of the bread.” The fan then approached his table again to ask for a picture.

“I said, ‘I’m good,’” he recalled. “I’m usually really good with photos, but I’m like, ‘I’m not taking photos with you after you sexually harassed me. I’m good without a photo.’”

“As she was leaving, she was, like, ‘Justin Hartley is a jerk,’ but not really jerk — something more foul,” he added. “I was, like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

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  • Jessie

    What is wrong with people? He should have pressed charges. Clearly she learned nothing. Asking to take a picture with someone after you harassed and assaulted them? Disgusting.

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  • Casey C

    its like when the ‘fan’ bit Norman Reedus at a con and was basically super unapologetic, saying she’d just gotten carried away, and kept referring to him as the love of her life…super disturbing the level of entitlement in ome people

  • DEADP00L

    I blame Hollywood turning actors into products. Reality TV, Comic con’s and conventions specifically market the actors and pimp them out. Yeah they get cash but they are getting that cash by marketing themselves. So this comes with that territory, the loss of anonymity.

    It might be sexual harassment to Justin but you would be surprised how many people dont see actors as people, until something like this wakes them up.

    Its like they expect people to be ‘on’ all the time.

    Everything is ” so and so starring as” or ” so and so is playing so and so” — its not about characters its about pimping out the actors who play them. Which is why so many movies now dont age well and arent at all well structured with any story or plot.

    This is why I go inde or classical because I have no clue who is what and all I see on screen are the characters.

  • DEADP00L

    I blame Hollywood turning actors into products. Reality TV, Comic con’s and conventions specifically market the actors and pimp them out. Yeah they get cash but they are getting that cash by marketing themselves. So this comes with that territory, the loss of anonymity.

    It might be sexual harassment to Justin but you would be surprised how many people dont see actors as people, until something like this wakes them up.

    Its like they expect people to be ‘on’ all the time.

    Everything is ” so and so starring as” or ” so and so is playing so and so” — its not about characters its about pimping out the actors who play them. Which is why so many movies now dont age well and arent at all well structured with any story or plot.

    This is why I go inde or classical because I have no clue who is what and all I see on screen are the characters.

  • plez

    What happen was not sexual harassment. It was bad manners. She was not respecting him space. It was a fan getting over excited. This reaction has been going on forever mostly by females to males stars. Hartley should have handled it better because he comes off as a whiny self absorbed actor. Maybe he should remind himself of those days when no one knew or even cared who he was.

  • plez

    What happen was not sexual harassment. It was bad manners. She was not respecting him space. It was a fan getting over excited. This reaction has been going on forever mostly by females to males stars. Hartley should have handled it better because he comes off as a whiny self absorbed actor. Maybe he should remind himself of those days when no one knew or even cared who he was.

  • Ash

    You are special kind of stupid aren’t you? IT WAS SEXUAL HARASSMENT and if the gender roles were reversed, the man would have been arrested. She should keep her filthy lips to herself and don’t touch people without their consent.

  • plez

    Sexual Harassment define as harassment (typically of a woman) in a workplace, or other professional or social situation, involving the making of unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks.

    “unwanted sexual advances or obscene remarks”

    It’s not sexual harassment! You are silly to believe excited male fans have never tried to kiss or hung actresses or female singers.
    I do agree fans should not be touching people without their consent

  • The Notorious J.O.E.

    Your justification of this incident is troubling for multiple reasons. It’s a perfect example of why ‘fans’ like this woman engage in terrible behavior.

    Being famous is not justification to be sexually harrassed. Which is what this incident was…it was not just ‘bad manners’.

    Gender should not matter. Sexual harassment is inexcusable no matter the gender of the perpatrator or victim.

  • Pitysaurus_rex

    Kissing is sexual. Unwanted kissing is sexual harassment. Regardless if it is a man or woman, it’s sexual and unwanted, plain and simple.

    And of course males do this to female celebrities. They are usually the ones that are taken to jail for either assault or, wait for it….SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

  • Wendy

    Wtf is wrong with people that they think they can just do that. I hope she is even more embarrassed now that he is talking about it, she probably figured it would never be spoken of again. He should have taken the picture with her than blasted it all over with this story, that would show her how much of a “jerk” he can be.

  • Wendy

    Kissing someone without their consent is most definitely sexual harassment. Just because it has “sexual” in it doesn’t mean you have to do something with genitals, kissing can definitely be considered sexual. Read a damn book. What those excited male fans did was sexual harassment too.

  • IsleMel

    i’m glad he said something. cause if this was about a man that run up to a actress and started kissing her i’m certain they would be charges pressed.