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Paul Mescal Opens Up About Confronting A 'Creepy' Female Fan Who Grabbed His Butt

The Oscar-nominated actor was starring in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' when a fan grabbed his butt as he posed for a photo with her.

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Actor Paul Mescal recently sat down with ES Magazine and opened up about a time a woman groped him outside of Almeida Theatre just after one of his performances.

At the time, the Oscar nominee was starring in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. After one of the shows, a woman asked to take a photo with him, which he happily agreed... but soon regretted.

He recalled:

"As we posed for it, she put her hand on my a**."
"I thought it was an accident, so I like [moved away]."

That's when Mescal realized the grab was intentional.

"But the hand followed."
"I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury."

In response, Mescal revealed:

"I turned to her and said, 'What're you doing? Take your hand off my a**."

He continued:

"The last thing I want to do is call somebody out in front of the theatre—it's uncomfortable for everyone involved—but it was really not okay."
"It was so gross, creepy."

Mescal shared "97 percent of [his fame] is really nice—then three percent is somebody, like, grabbing your a**."

People took to social media to comment on the incident, noting the double standard at play. Had roles been reversed, people would have been outraged at the assault.

Some users think Mescal should have pressed charges.

And people agreed that the act was, in fact, "gross," as Mescal described.

We agree with all of the above.

Mescal, who became most-known for his performance in BBC's Normal People, was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role in the indie film Aftersun.

He will resume the role of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire when it transfers to the West End in March.