Shocked viewers have hit out at Hollywood star Adam Sandler after he repeatedly touched British actress Claire Foy during a chat show – appearing to leave her squirming with embarrassment.
As the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal continues the comedian, 51, was criticized for his gestures during Friday night’s Graham Norton Show.
The American actor was seen resting his hand on the knee of British Claire Foy, 33, leaving her looking distinctly uncomfortable.
Unfortunately her efforts to pat away his hand went unnoticed, and he soon placed it back on her knee- much to her apparent awkwardness.
Emma Thompson, who was also a guest on the show, appears to glare at Sandler throughout the awkward encounter.
The British star has been very vocal during the Weinstein scandal. She called the disgraced movie producer a ‘predator’ and said his behavior was ‘endemic’ in Hollywood.
Sandler, a married father of two, appeared oblivious to what was happening as he regaled the audience with a story.
To make matters worse, he also touched the leg of double Oscar winner Emma Thompson, 58, his co-star in the new Netflix film The Meyerwitz Stories.
Stunned viewers took to social media to voice their concerns about Sandler, star of The Wedding Singer and Grown Ups.
One viewer wrote: ‘Adam Sandler touching Claire Foy’s knee for no reason, she put his hand back, he then does it again, she looked rightly p***** off.’
Another said: ‘Felt very uncomfortable watching Adam repeatedly put his unwanted hand on the knee of Claire Foy.’
‘With all that’s happening did I just see Claire Foy looking a little distressed at Adam Sandler’s hands all over her knee?’, one viewer wrote.
Emma, 58, recently said that Weinstein was at ‘the top of the ladder of a system of harassment and belittling and bullying’.
On Saturday a spokesman for Sandler described the actor’s actions as ‘a friendly gesture’. The funnyman made a similar gesture to Dustin Hoffman on the Jimmy Fallon show at the beginning of the month.