ADAM Sandler has been slammed for repeatedly touching actress Claire Foy's knee during an interview on The Graham Norton Show, leaving her looking extremely uncomfortable.

Fans immediately took to Twitter to question why the Hollywood actor kept resting his hand on The Crown star's leg, The Sun reports.

Looking uncomfortable, Claire in the end put her hand over his to show him that she had noticed him resting his hand there.

Unfortunately her efforts to pat away his hand went unnoticed, and he soon placed it back on her knee.

Emma Thompson, who was also a guest on the show, appeared to look confused as to why Adam kept touching Claire's knee throughout the awkward encounter.

Adam, meanwhile, seemed oblivious to what was happening, as he carried on telling a story to the audience and also touched the leg of Emma, his co-star in the new Netflix film The Meyerwitz Stories.

Fans vented on Twitter, with one saying: "Claire Foy replacing Adam Sandler's hand onto his own knee rather than hers, was the perfect 'haha dont touch me again' move #GrahamNorton."

While another said: "Adam Sandler has no social awareness of how awkward he seemed to be making Emma Thompson and Claire Foy #stoptouching #GrahamNorton."

Another tweeted: "With all that's happening did I just see Claire Foy looking a little distressed at Adam Sandler's hands all over her knee?"

One viewer fumed: "Adam Sandler touching Claire Foy's knee for no reason, she put his hand back, he then does it again, she looked rightly p***** off."

While one wrote: "Felt very uncomfortable watching Adam repeatedly put his unwanted hand on the knee of Claire Foy."

A spokesman for Sandler described the actor's actions as a "friendly gesture".

Adam Sandler. Picture: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Netflix
Adam Sandler. Picture: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Netflix

It comes as Hollywood has been left reeling from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, with a string of A-listers accusing the mogul of sex crimes - including a number of rape allegations.

The FBI and police in New York and London have all opened investigations into Weinstein, with one cop calling him a "super-predator".

Emma Thompson spoke out against the disgraced US producer, saying he was at "the top of the ladder of a system of harassment and belittling and bullying".

Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. Picture: AFP/Robyn Beck
Disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. Picture: AFP/Robyn Beck

She also said Weinstein is just the "tip of the iceberg" of what goes on in the movie business.

Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra is the latest star to make allegations against Weinstein - claiming he "violently raped" her in the 1990s after dropping her off following a party, the New Yorker reports.

And Daryl Hannah says her career suffered following a series of encounters with Weinstein - including one where he "burst in like a raging bull" when she was staying in a hotel room.

Model Cara Delevingne, who also appeared on The Graham Norton Show, told how Weinstein once tried to force her into a threesome.

Weinstein has denied allegations of non-consensual sex.

This story originally appeared in The Sun and has been republished here with permission.