Fifth Harmony Defends Security Guard Accused of ‘Inappropriately Touching’ Brazilian Fan

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Fifth Harmony has responded to allegations that a member of their security detail abused and “inappropriately touched” Brazilian fans.

The singers – Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Dinah Jane and Normani Kordei – wrote a statement on Twitter on Monday (July 4, 2016) coming to their guard’s defense after videos showing their guards elbowing fans as they attempted to follow them through an airport, and of a guard threatening women in a hotel hallway sparked outrage on social media.

Fifth Harmony explained that the guard was just trying his best to protect them: “We were there. The girl tried to come to Lauren and Dinah’s doors and the security we hired were with us speaking to us and making sure we were safe. We saw this girl…try and lunge towards Lauren’s room so she could get a note to her. The security guards who ushered her away and made sure she didn’t follow through were doing their jobs of protecting us.”

“We can’t ever be too safe with our personal space and protection,” they added.

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They started off their statement acknowledging the fans but reminding them that they are a group of five up against hundreds of people at a time.

We have been really busy working and making sure that you guys have as amazing of an experience with us as possible. But we feel like sometimes you guys forget that there are only 5 of us versus the hundreds of you. Our security team is set up and in place to protect us and out privacy when people go beyond normal boundaries. We’ve seen all over Twitter outrage over one of our security guards attacking and trying to inappropriately touch one of our fans and we wanted to put out a statement calling out this lie. We were there.

Here’s their continued explanation of their side of the situation in full, calling into consideration Voice singer Christina Grimmie, who was recently killed in Orlando during a fan meet and greet, and the increased security as a result:

The girl tried to come to Lauren and Dinah’s doors and the security we hired were with us speaking to us and making sure we were safe. We saw this girl lie to them about where she was staying and where her actual room was, tell them to ‘shut the f–k up and stop talking’ and then proceed to try and lunge towards Lauren’s room so she could get a note to her. The security guards who ushered her away and made sure she didn’t follow through were doing their jobs of protecting us. Especially in light of recent events like the shooting, we can’t ever be too safe with our personal space and protection. The security guard did nothing but try to make sure the girl went back down the stairs to where she was actually staying. She combated and fought to break free of their directing her and in the process was shouting that they were touching her and trying to take her clothes off.

Four of us were out there and experience this scene with our own eyes. Not one security guard inappropriately touched or harmed anyone. They would never intentionally harm any one of our fans. Resisting doing what you’re being asked politely to do and getting hurt in the process isn’t anyone’s fault but your own. We will continue to support our security team in making sure that they protect the boundaries so many people seem to think they’re entitled to disrespect.

They added they would continue to support their team 100%: “We’re sorry for any inconvenience but we do not appreciate people lying about our team and costing people their jobs just so they can get extra attention from us. We’d appreciate if you recognized that when you disrespect our team and their hard work, you’re disrespecting us.”

Fifth Harmony kicked off their 7/27 Tour on June 22 in Lima, Peru. Their tour continues tonight in São Paulo.