Fan arrested for groping 'Modern Family' star

A 29-year-old man had been charged with assault on actress Sarah Hyland.

A 29-year-old man had been charged with assault on 'Modern Family' actress Sarah Hyland. Picture: thetvaddict.com.

SYDNEY - Police said on Friday a man has been arrested after one of the stars of the hit US sitcom Modern Family was allegedly assaulted during a trip to Australia, where she and other cast members are filming an episode.

Sarah Hyland, known for her role as oldest sibling Haley Dunphy in the award-winning comedy series, was posing for a photograph with a fan outside avenue in downtown Sydney when he allegedly groped her chest.

New South Wales state police said a 29-year-old man had been arrested at the scene and charged with indecent assault.

Hyland left the event early, later writing on Twitter: "Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn't get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan".

Her partner, actor Matt Prokop, also took to Twitter to condemn the incident, saying one person had ruined the event for all the other fans there.

Modern Family, a mockumentary-style show about an unconventional extended family, won its fourth consecutive Emmy for best comedy series in September.

The cast has caused a stir of excitement with a number of public appearances since arriving in Australia earlier his week. They are scheduled to shoot scenes for a special holiday episode in Sydney, Hayman Island and the Great Barrier Reef.