The former US X Factor host, who agreed to take part in the charity BBC show, looked shocked when Barry grabbed his crotch while dressed as a policewoman following a raunchy dance routine to George Michael's 'Outside'.
According to Metro, Jones recoiled away from Barry while the audience cheered in surprise, but the star apologised to Jones immediately afterwards and insisted that she hadn't meant to actually grab him. Jones added that he didn't think she was being serious when she touched him.
Although a commentator on the Sport Relief Twitter page praised Jones for "handl[ing] that well", other fans on the microblogging site complained about the incident, with many saying that there would have been a public backlash if a man had done that to a female celebrity.
One wrote: "Did she actually just gripe Steve Jones' crotch?! Can you imagine if it was the other way around? (sic)." Another added: "I can't believe Alice Barry just groped Steve Jones! Sexual harrassment if he had done it to her!"
Barry was voted off Let's Dance for Sport Relief in favour of Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Miles Jupp.
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