2014 video of Louis Walsh groping Mel B live on air has resurfaced

Mike P Williams
Contributor

A past video of ex-X Factor judge Louis Walsh has surfaced of him groping Mel B on live television.

The clip, from a 2014 interview on the reality show’s spin-off show The Xtra Factor, Louis is being interviewed alongside Mel B, Simon Cowell, and Cheryl.

Things appear to be normal as the foursome chat about the show, but when you look closely you can clearly spot Louis’s hand firmly grabbing the former Spice Girl’s bottom.

As the interview continues, Mel begins to appear more and more uncomfortable before the Irish judge begins to squeeze and juggle her bum cheek which prompts the singer to stop the interview and make a point of what he’s doing.

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‘Why are you grabbing my butt?’ she asks him, once the interviewer stops with the chat.

And even then, when Mel looks down to point out out his wandering hand, he keeps it there until suddenly he removes it and jokes: ‘I’m looking out for you!’

The extremely awkward moment is laughed off but a horrified Simon Cowell glances over and utters: ‘Honestly, you’re safe,’ to which Louis then bursts out laughing.

Cheryl’s face is, like Simon’s, mortified and isn’t laughing along with Louis, as the show’s host quickly carries on as if nothing happened.

Despite the incident happening over four years ago (and uploaded to YouTube at the time), the video has gone viral on Twitter, as people criticise Louis for groping a woman live on TV – especially in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements where women the world over have been calling out inappropriate behaviour from men.



Twitter has blasted the former judge, claiming that, regardless of rumours of him being gay, is 100% accountable for his actions.





Louis has never openly confirmed his sexuality when asked about it, but people on Twitter have made up their minds and, no matter his sexuality, are holding him to account.

But some didn’t believe Louis posed a threat and dismissed the criticism.



Either way, the clip has been viewed millions of times this week on social media alone, with his name being bandied around Twitter amid plenty of heated discussions.

Yahoo Celebrity has reached out to Louis Walsh for comment.

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