This weekend, journalist Rémi Perrot was covering the Paris branch of Comic Con for French TV station BFM TV.
At the event, Perrot was filmed groping a cosplayer dressed as DC character Firestorm. Perrot was heard commenting, "You're cute."
Perrot's actions have been met with criticism from members of the cosplay community.
Angry reactions started to spread across French social media.
Perrot published a statement to Facebook, stating that the cosplayer was complicit in the act.
As for the man who got groped, his name is Robert Negrin. He works in New York as a dog fashion designer and event planner.
"He never asked to grab my ass," Negrin told BuzzFeed News. "When he approached and grabbed I turned around in surprise."
Negrin said he did not permit Perron to touch him but he did not feel the act was malicious.
"I think he apologized in French and asked for an interview," he said. "I'm a carefree spirit; coming from the USA I've been able to attend to several huge comic conventions, and the art of dressing up in cosplay generates attention.
"People always want to take photos with you and hug you and sometimes even touch you without permission, but that's where, as cosplayers, we need to put a stop. I'm not saying that it is OK to do it, but to me, it is not a big deal, and it's not like he did it in a really bad way."
BuzzFeed France has reached out to BFM TV for comment.
Robert Negrin was cosplaying as DC character Firestorm at Comic Con Paris. An earlier version of this article stated that he was dressed as Guild Wars's Firestorm.