Paulson was welcoming Kathy Bates on stage when Gooding Jr. slipped behind her and lifted up the back of her dress.
She appeared to have only noticed once her leg was in full view and she shrieked, captured in the end of the video below.
Sarah Paulson introducing Kathy Bates….. name a better friendship pic.twitter.com/B8Q15b09tX
— paola (@90sIover) March 27, 2017
When the panel continued, Paulson appeared to laugh it off but many people on Twitter began to express their anger and disgust with Gooding Jr.’s actions.
— Elle ☪️ (@Heavenly_Sarah) March 27, 2017
— noelbelle (@MikoNoel) March 27, 2017
It's 2017 and @cubagoodingjr is lifting skirts on live tv smh.
— Brittany T. Paschall (@btpaschall) March 27, 2017
— Margaret Holt (@chicagomargaret) March 27, 2017
One Twitter user asked: “How would @cubagoodingjr react if a man walked up to his daughter, Piper, and lifted her dress up behind her back? #itsneverok”
Some people argue that it was a playful moment between good friends and colleagues.
Sarah lifts up Kathy's leg and so on. That is when Cuba Gooding Jr. playfully joined into "The act."
— Sean Brown (@SeanBro21404200) March 28, 2017
@TMZ All that really matters here is that she got a laugh out of it.
— TOC (@TocZombie) March 28, 2017
Digital Spy notes that prior to the incident, Paulson had already playfully slapped Gooding Jr.’s hand away as he pulled at her dress after she had taken her seat on stage.
The two American Horror Story: Roanoke stars appeared in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story. Neither of them has commented on the incident.