Actress Sarah Hyland, one of the stars of the television series "Modern Family", was recently the victim of a criminal assault while at a "Modern Family" public relations appearance in Australia. An unknown male fan groped her chest while she was having a photograph taken at a Qantas event with a fan. The police arrested a man and charged him with assault and indecency after Sarah Hyland alerted the security for the event.
Sarah Hyland went to her Twitter account shortly after the situation occurred to apologize to the fans she was unable to meet with because of the incident and to let people know that she was uninjured. This situation has however brought media attention to the fact that the show "Modern Family" was shooting scenes in Australia and now with Sarah Hyland being the victim of an assault it will likely lead to the producers capitalizing on the media attention placed on Sarah Hyland to make her more of a focus for this particular episode which took place in Australia.
Sarah Hyland's acting profile prior to this incident was already on the rise as she is currently starring in the movie "Vampire Academy" and will be seen in the movie "Date and Switch", another comedy movie later in the year. However, this assault has made her the hot topic in entertainment news in the United States and Australia and Hollywood will want to capitalize on the added media attention the show is now receiving.
What is very telling about the character and toughness of Sarah Hyland is that she never said that she could not work as a result of this assault nor did she hide in her hotel room. Instead, she and the film producers never changed their schedule as they continued their shooting of the episode the next day and went on with their business. Sarah Hyland showed the mental toughness required to deal with adverse situations that only the most professional and best actors possess. Entertainment insiders are anticipating that the producers of "Modern Family" will reward the professionalism and character that she displayed with a prominent role in the episode filmed in Australia.