Please don’t grope Paul Mescal

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Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party
Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party, supported by Bulgari, at The National Gallery on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Oscar-nominated actor Paul Mescal said he confronted a female fan who groped him outside the theatre where he was performing.

Mescal recalled a “creepy” fan encounter following a performance of A Streetcar Named Desire on the West End. A female fan asked Mescal for a photo and placed her hand on his rear end.

“As we posed for it, she put her hand on my ass,” Mescal told ES Magazine. “I thought it was an accident, so I, like, [moved] but the hand followed. I remember tensing up and feeling just, like, fury.”

Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party
Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party supported by Bulgari at The National Gallery on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

Mescal continued, “I turned to her and said, ‘What’re you doing? Take your hand off my ass.'”

The Aftersun star added, “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 OK. It was so gross, creepy.”

Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party
Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party, supported by Bulgari, at The National Gallery on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

According to Mescal, “97 per cent of [fame] is really nice — then 3 per cent is somebody, like, grabbing your ass.”

Mescal is nominated this year in the Best Actor category at the 95th Academy Awards for his role in the indie coming-of-age film Aftersun.

His breakout role came when he played Connell in the TV adaption of Sally Rooney’s novel, Normal People, starring opposite Daisy Edgar-Jones.

Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party
Paul Mescal attends the EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023 Nominees Party, supported by Bulgari, at The National Gallery on February 18, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Lia Toby/Getty Images)

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