Fifth Harmony have spoken out in support of their security guard after fans accused him of assaulting them at a Rio de Janeiro hotel. The girl group released a Twitter statement on Monday saying they want to "call out this lie." They began with,
"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."
The statement continued,
"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. 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 fuck up and stop talking’ and then proceed to try and lunge towards Lauren‘s room so she could get a note to her.”
With female empowerment singles like "Worth It," "Miss Movin' On" and "BO$$," some fans think it's surprising that 5H have sided with their guards and not their fans, but four out of the five 5H members said the "experienced this scene with our own eyes." Harmonizers have responded to the situation with a #RespectTheFans hashtag:
Read our essay on the very problematic Ian Connor and why we should always believe women, and watch Fuse's throwback interview with Fifth Harmony during their X-Factor era below: