An Australian teenager has caused an internet sensation after being accused of "attacking" Miley Cyrus at the pop star's Melbourne concert.
But the girl's sister told The Courier yesterday that her sister was simply a devoted fan and just wanted to get closer to the teen superstar.
The incident occurred just after Cyrus had finished her chart-topping hit The Climb to a packed house at Rod Laver Arena on Friday.
While Cyrus was waving to fans out on a catwalk, Jessica Hetherington, 16, from Ballarat north-west of Melbourne leapt onto the stage, ran up to Cyrus and tried to pull her into a hug.
Security immediately grabbed the young fan and escorted Cyrus off the stage in scenes reminiscent of a secret-service presidential escort.
The online community immediately went into meltdown, with some web sites labelling the incident an "attack", while others stated the Ballarat girl "rushed" the pop star.
Gossip website hollywoodlife.com boldly proclaimed Cyrus had been "attacked by a fan".
"Lucky for Miley, security was there to quickly, and somewhat aggressively, take the fan down and get Miley off the stage," the site said.
Last night, the video of the escapade featured at the top of the "music section" on YouTube.
Jessica's older sister, Casey, said she was proud of her sister for "having the guts" to give Cyrus a hug.
"When Jess was little, as soon as she started liking Miley she said she would give her a hug when she met her - so I say good on her," Casey said. "It's been blown right out of proportion."
Casey said her sister was disappointed with some of the comments angry fans had directed towards her.
"There's stuff on Miley's Facebook saying that Jess was a troubled and disobedient girl," she said.
"It's just completely wrong - after the show one of the security guards gave her a high-five."
"I'm sure there are plenty of other girls who want to hug Miley but don't have the guts."
- The Courier