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Love Island favourite Maura Higgins has taken to her Instagram story to share pictures of street harassment as a “man grabbed her arm” as she left the National Television Awards, sponsored by OK!, last Thursday.
The reality star, 30, shared the two pictures with her 3.3 million followers and said she wanted the issue of “street harassment addressed”.
Maura is pictured leaving the NTAs and a man’s hand can be seen holding her arm as she’s attempting to walk away.
The Dancing on Ice star shared a statement on the images for her followers.
She said: “For people that think this does not happen…I can assure you it does!! Here is an image of me leaving a venue after the NTAs – this guy that I have never met in my life grabbed hold of my arm and tried to pull me back towards his car.”
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Maura continued: “As you can see I am smiling and the reason being is because pictures can be portrayed very differently ie. If I was to shout in anger at this guy, the headline might have been ‘Maura gets violent after a night out’ it’s more of an opportunity for clickbait.”
The star shared a second pictured where she can be seen with her arm in the air as she got out of the man’s hold and said she wants the “issue of street harassment” addressed.
She wrote: “Luckily I had 2 girls walk with me to my car and I would NEVER leave a venue alone at night because of this reason.
“It’s actively predatory, repeatedly violating women’s personal space and boundaries. His behaviour is completely inappropriate and it’s crucial that we address the issue of street harassment.”
Maura attended the 2021 NTAs in a stunning matching crop top and skirt.
The glittery two-piece outfit was accessorised with dainty gold diamond earrings from Matilde Jewellery.
The reality star opted to wear her brunette hair in a sleek ponytail whilst wowing with her statement winged eyeliner.
The Irish beauty recently confirmed her relationship status withStrictly Come DancingprofessionalGiovanni Pernice.
Celebrating his 31st birthday the star declared her love by saying "Happy Birthday to the man who makes me feel beautiful and loved every single day, You make my world complete. I love you @pernicegiovann1."
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