Mel B attends the X Factor Wembley Arena auditions at Wembley on August 1, 2014 in London. Video has resurfaced from that year's season in which Louis Walsh gropes Mel B. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
As they chat, Walsh begins patting Mel B on her behind. At one point, he grabs her enough to get her attention. The musician stops the conversation immediately and says, “Hold on a second. Why are you grabbing my butt?” as she moves away from him.
Walsh replies, “I’m looking out for Mel.”
Crawford appears to try to jokingly respond to the situation, saying, “Louis! Hands where we can see them please!”
“Honestly, you’re safe,” Cowell jokes.
Mel B, who still appears uncomfortable, scoots away from Walsh and says, “Inappropriate.”
Walsh continues to laugh and Mel B smirks, looking to someone off camera.
A Twitter user uploaded the recording Sunday with the caption “sexual harassment on live TV folks.” It garnered nearly 150,000 retweets and more than 265,000 likes.
This man grabs Mel B's butt on live TV & there are men in the comments arguing she overreacted, handled it badly, that she embarrassed the man, that they miss the old days. Wow. Just wow. Many men still defend even live examples of sexual harassment. https://t.co/z7lK9nSF31