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Actress Sarah Hyland from popular TV show Modern Family was allegedly indecently assaulted by a man outside a Qantas event in Sydney.
It was business as usual this morning for the cast of Modern Family as filming of the hit sitcom's Australian episode continued on Bondi Beach.
Sarah Hyland, who was allegedly assaulted last night, was spotted filming with co-stars on the beach earlier today, before leaving the set flanked by two police officers.
She posted an Instagram photo from the beach scene, captioned "heaven and hell", referring to the idyllic setting amid the hovering paparazzi.
She had earlier posted on Twitter an apology to fans for leaving in a hurry after last night's industry event at The Sebel Pier One, outside of which she was allegedly groped.
But the rest of the Modern Family continued post about enjoying their time in Sydney. Ariel Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy, jokingly complained about having a hard day's work ahead of her while lying on the beach at Bondi as the production crew worked around her.
Amy Anderson, mother of six year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons who plays Lily, posted a photo of her with her daughter at Bondi, exclaiming "another tough day at the office".
Elsewhere, Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cam, appeared on 2Day FM with Merrick, Jules and Sophie this morning during which the hosts announced there would be no comment on the Hyland incident due to legal reasons.
Stonestreet later posted a funny video of co-star Jesse Tyler, who plays his partner Mitch on the show, joking about heading off to Manly, clearly amused by the name of the suburb.
Another famous voice on Sydney radio, Veronica Mars actor Kristen Bell, spoke to Kyle and Jackie O on Kiis FM about the Hyland attack, while she was discussing her anti-paparazzi campaign.
"Did someone knock that kid's lights out?" she said about the man who allegedly touched Hyland on the chest while trying to pose with her for a photograph. "Poor Sarah, it's inappropriate. It really goes back to the conversation I'm trying to open up [about the paparazzi], have we lost a bit of our humanity?" she said.
"I haven't had any terrible experiences with fans thankfully and I'm eager to defend myself, so I don't know what I would do, but that behaviour would not be taken lightly if it happened to me.
"But I think those people are few and far between. The majority of people, like my Veronica Mars fans who are the best in the world, 99.99999 per cent are awesome, normal and they're just fan kids. They love entertainment.
''And every now and again you get some idiot who goes in for the grope and he'll go to jail and rightfully so.''
The incident last night outside a corporate function hosted by Qantas, who has been instrumental in bringing the production to Sydney, has tainted an otherwise buoyant and positive visit by the cast and crew.
On set yesterday, cast members - including Hyland - were gushing with praise over their Australian experience.
Hyland told Fairfax Media that her trip had been "wonderful" so far.
"It's amazing, it's so beautiful. I've never been to Sydney, so I'm very excited."
She added that when the Australian special aired she hoped US visitors would be inspired to travel here. "I think they will be very jealous and want to make a trip themselves."
A 29-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the incident last night and was charged with assault with an act of indecency.
He has been granted conditional bail to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on March 14.