Scarlett Johansson Calls Grope 'Poor Taste'

Scarlett Johansson Calls Grope 'Poor Taste'
Scarlett Johansson
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updated 03/03/2006 at 03:00 PM EST

originally published 03/03/2006 03:00PM

Scarlett Johansson isn't one to hold a grudge, even after she's been manhandled.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the actress broke her silence about the groping she received at the hands of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi on the Golden Globes red carpet in January.

Mizrahi, who was covering the event for the E! cable channel, was speaking with Johansson when he grabbed her breast. Mizrahi's actions left Johansson "sort of shocked," she told the paper.

"I'd been preparing for two hours with hair and makeup and getting dressed. And the first interview I do, someone who I have never met before fondles me for his own satisfaction."

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Johansson said the move was "definitely in poor taste," though she doubted Mizrahi, who is gay, actually got any satisfaction out of it.

"Mostly I was thinking, 'Oh my God. This is happening on live TV,'" she said. "He was making some shocking show or whatever for his channel and wanted to be different and racy and all those things."

Similarly, Johansson said she didn't buy his excuse that he was only trying to figure out how her dress was made. "Like he doesn't know how a dress works," she said.

Johansson said all the attention given to the incident was hardly worth it, though she said it's likely Mizrahi "is thrilled with the press and attention it's getting."

But Johansson said she wouldn't take steps to avoid the touchy-feely Mizrahi in the future. "I can take care of myself," she said. "I'm from New York."

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