'I'm Not A Zoo Animal': 'Bachelor' Star Says He Was Groped At His Own Charity Event

"I didn’t sign up to be a piece of meat or a zoo animal,” Colton Underwood wrote on Instagram.

By Gina Tron
Colton Underwood

Colton Underwood, the star of the most recent season of “The Bachelor” took to social media this week to allege that he was groped at his own charity event.

“I’m sorry if you didn’t get a picture at the event last night, but at one point during the event I was grabbed and touched inappropriately while people were throwing cameras in my face,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “I am the type of person who would have stood in line for hours to make sure anyone who supported the event got a picture, but once that happened I had to do what was best for me as a human being. I didn’t sign up to be a piece of meat or a zoo animal.”

Underwood, a 27-year-old former NFL player who has been very open about the fact that he is a virgin, was working at his own charity event for the Legacy Foundation, which helps people with cystic fibrosis, on Wednesday night when the alleged groping took place.

His season of "The Bachelor" has touched on sexual assualt. Last month, one of the show’s contestants opened up to him about being drugged and raped in college.

That contestant, Caelynn Miller-Keyes, told Underwood during a one-on-one date that she and three friends had been drugged and sexually assaulted at a fraternity party. Miller-Keyes said she was turned away from the first hospital she tried to visit to get a rape kit done.

Underwood told her he couldn't imagine going through something like that.

“I want you to know: With me, you’re safe," he said.

He got emotional and then stated, "I have had a situation in my past where I was in a relationship in which she was sexually abused. For me, that was the hardest thing I ever had to watch.”

Previously, he dated Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, one of many athletes who were victimized by Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor for USA Gymnastics who, last year, was sentenced to 175 years behind bars.

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