Hayden Panettiere upstaged by male streaker at EMA’s

Hayden Panettiere upstaged by male streaker at the MTV Europe Music Awards

Not many people can take the spotlight away from Hollywood starlet Hayden Panettiere.

But she was well and truly upstaged last night when a streaker ran up beside her at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The Heroes actress was about to present the award for Best Song – which eventually went to Lady Gaga – when a naked man appeared on stage – who we now know to be David Monahan – a Belfast born actor who has appeared in a number of sell out shows in his native country and is regarded as a serious stage talent.

The 24-year-old claims that the streak was not rehearsed and not planned.

He told the Mail Online: ‘Two friends of mine work for the security company, they got me in but they didn’t know I was going to storm the stage.

‘I undressed in a backstage store room and considering Lady Gaga is walking about with a flying saucer on her head, not many people notice a guy with a black blanket wrapped around him.’

Viewers questioned whether the incident was just a publicity stunt for the event at Belfast’s Odyssey Arena but Monahan claims it was not and he ‘barely knew what was happening on stage.’