Singer Miley Cyrus grabbed and forcibly kissed by fan in Barcelona

The Primavera Sound headliner has reacted angrily to victim-blamers on social media

Miley Cyrus attending last month's Met Gala in New York
Miley Cyrus attending last month's Met Gala in New York / Daniel Wittenberg

Daniel Wittenberg | Barcelona

June 5, 2019 11:33 AM

Singer Miley Cyrus has spoken out online about the importance of sexual consent after footage emerged of a stranger appearing to assault her in Barcelona.

The US popstar was leaving her hotel in the city center on Saturday after headlining Primavera Sound festival when a young man came out of a crowd of fans waiting in the street and seemed to grab her by the hair and shoulder and attempt to kiss her.

"She CAN'T be grabbed without her consent," Cyrus wrote on Twitter, responding to trolls on the website who suggested her choice of lyrics or clothes meant she was to blame for suffering the spontaneous attack. "She can be wearing what she wants."

The Wrecking Ball singer repeated the message on her Instagram stories, posting the hashtag "#StillNotAskingForIt" over screenshots of comments from some of her followers, including one which said: "You wanted to be 'sexy,' what did you expect?"

Cyrus's security guard wrestled the man away while the 26-year-old was escorted to the car by her husband, the Hunger Games actor Liam Hemsworth.