February 21, 2014 / 12:11 AM / 5 years ago

Australian police make arrest after alleged assault on Modern Family star

Actress Sarah Hyland arrives at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Police said on Friday a man has been arrested after one of the stars of the hit U.S. sitcom “Modern Family” was allegedly assaulted during a trip to Australia, where she and other cast members are filming an episode.

Sarah Hyland, known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy in the award-winning comedy series, was posing for a photograph with a fan outside a venue in downtown Sydney when he allegedly groped her chest.

New South Wales state police said a 29-year-old man had been arrested at the scene and charged with indecent assault.

Hyland left the event early, later writing on Twitter: “Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn’t get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan”.

Her partner, actor Matt Prokop, also took to Twitter to condemn the incident, saying one person had ruined the event for all the other fans there.

“Modern Family”, a mockumentary-style show about an unconventional extended family, won its fourth consecutive Emmy for best comedy series in September.

The cast has caused a stir of excitement with a number of public appearances since arriving in Australia earlier his week. They are scheduled to shoot scenes for a special holiday episode in Sydney, Hayman Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Matt Siegel and Paul Tait

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