Sharna Burgess Responds to #CrotchGate, Gushes Over Bonner Bolton

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Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton expected to be asked about their Cha Cha following the premiere of Dancing with the Stars Season 24.

They did not expect to be asked about Sharna's, well... cha cha. 

If you know what we mean.

Sharna Burgess, Bonner Bolton

But the professional dancer and her bull riding partner found themselves at the center of an unexpected controversy Monday night, after footage surfaced of the pair backstage.

They were sitting around with other contestants, waiting for Erin Andrews to interview Nick Viall following his first performance, when Burgess saddled up close to Bolton.

As you can see below, it certainly appears as if Bolton then moves his hand over Sharna's thigh and down to her crotch.

She responds buy gently and casually placing it elsewhere:

Did Bolton feel up Sharna against her will? We strongly doubt it.

Did his hand linger in that forbidden area for a few nanoseconds by sheer accident? That's very possible.

But so is this: 

Bolton and Burgess are both single. Their chemistry on screen was so palpable that both stars were asked about it after they left the dance floor.

Perhaps the two are simply hooking up, Bolton wanted to be affectionate and Burgess quickly corrected him, essentially saying: Not now, darling.

"Obviously we have chemistry," she told E! News last night, adding:

"We're not going to stand here and lie and say we don't, but everyone made such a big deal tonight that I didn't really know what to say to it... I've never blushed on this show, ever in my life, and I legit blushed tonight."

And then there was this from Bolton, to People Magazine:

“I was telling her before we started tonight, ‘I can’t look at you for too long. I might get distracted. That’s why I might miss some of my steps.' She’s obviously beautiful.”

Is there any doubt these two are doing far more than the Waltz behind closed doors?

Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton Photo

In response to the video above and the photo below, however, Sharna took to Twitter this morning and cleared up all the rumors.

She made it as clear as she could that Bolton did NOT act in an inappropriate manner.

"Anyone who has the ridiculous idea that it was intentional...is straight up stupid," Burgess wrote, adding:

"As in lacking [the] intelligence to realize it was innocent. @bonner_bolton's a true southern gentleman & was so embarrassed that it even happened let alone got caught on camera for gossips to gawk at."

An insider, meanwhile, tells E! News that Bolton and Burgess are" really enjoying to get to know each other."

We can only imagine!

Sharna Burgess and Bonner Bolton

On the actual dance floor, however, they only scored a total of 22 points for their opening number.

So the duo better step it up if they want to return in subsequent weeks.

Or they shouldn't bother, if their goal is to actually get off the show as quickly as possible in order to have alone time, where Bolton can touch whatever body part of Burgess he wants to, far away from the camera.

If you know what we mean.

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