While sitting backstage watching another set of contestants compete, Bolton grabbed his partner Sharna Burgess’ crotch on Monday night.
The 29-year-old bull rider said the incident was “unintentional,” but that didn’t stop Twitter users from comparing his actions to remarks made by President Trump in a 2005 Access Hollywood video in which he bragged to Billy Bush, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything ... Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
The incident happened while Burgess stood next to Bolton, seated in a chair. Bolton apparently attempted to wrap his arm around his partner’s waist and missed, considerably. Burgess then quickly removed his hand and placed it at her side.
“I was just stargazed by Nick [Viall] and Peta [Murgatroyd]’s performance and I was looking at the TV screen,” Bolton told Entertainment Tonight. “I felt her bump into me yet I wasn’t really looking at what was bumping into me.”
“There was some hand placement that went south, so to speak,” he said, adding that it was “totally unintentional.”
Burgess, a professional dancer and choreographer, appears to believe him, having tweeted about the moment early Tuesday morning to call Bolton a “true Southern gentleman.”