Singer Billie Eilish claims she was groped during Sydney concert
May 2, 2019

US singer Billie Eilish has claimed on social media she was groped by a fan at a meet-and-greet during her Australian tour.

In a since-deleted Instagram story, Eilish, 17, alleged a female grabbed her chest at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Tuesday night.

“Pls don’t grab my boobs in the meet & greet,” the Ocean Eyes singer wrote. “Keep playing the s**t cool but it is very much not.”

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Eilish later clarified the situation in a separate post, explaining: “I think what happened last night was just an accident so I acted like I didn’t notice cuz (sic) I didn’t wanna make her feel bad if she didn’t mean to do it. But if that s**t was (for real) I’m gone.”

She deleted her posts a short time later after fans started attacking the person they believed she was referring to.

In a separate Instagram Story, Eilish then begged her 20 million followers to back off.

“Please don’t harass the girl. It was just an accident and not that big a deal. She was very sweet,” she said. “I was just saying in general about certain things that I don’t feel comfortable with. It’s not a big deal.”

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Eilish became a teen sensation overnight thanks to viral 2016 song, Ocean Eyes, which she recorded when she was just 14 years old.

Her debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? hit number one on the ARIA charts after its release in March.

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