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.
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.
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.
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.