American actor Adam Sandler was recently slammed for placing his hands on actor Claire Foy’s knees on a talk show. Sandler came under fire for touching Foy’s knees after being presumably signaled not to, on The Graham Norton Show with Emma Thompson and Cara Delevingne. In a video from the show that has been widely shared on social media, Sandler could be seen placing his hand on Foy’s knee while sharing an anecdote. The British actor immediately responds to it by removing his hands, to which Sandler again places in it on her knee. She then patted his hand when he placed it on his own knee. After the video went viral, Sandler received backlash on social media with Foy being visibly uncomfortable in the video.
Social media accused the 51-year-old actor of refusing to stop touching Foy despite being signaled. The incident comes at a time when female actors have accused Hollywood director Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment and indecency. As per reports, 82 women have allegedly accused the producer of sexual assault, rape, and molestation. #MeToo trended worldwide after actor Rose McGowan tweeted allegations against Weinstein with women sharing their experiences of sexual assault.
Here is the video:
Here are some of Twitterati’s reactions:
However, Claire later said that she was not offended by Sandler’s repeated touching of her knee. Mail Online quoted her spokesperson as saying, “We don’t believe anything was intended by Adam’s gesture and it has caused no offense to Claire. Sandler’s spokesperson said that the action was a “friendly gesture”.