A woman elbowed a man in the face to escape his grasp after he sexually assaulted her at a Melbourne music festival, police say.
Sexual Crimes Squad detectives are hunting for a man who they say grabbed the woman and sexually assaulted her in the mosh pit of Saturday’s Listen Out outdoor dance party at St Kilda.
Investigators have been told the victim and her friends were at the main stage of the event, which attracted about 18,000 people, about 8pm when an unknown male approached the woman in the mosh pit and began dancing behind her.
The woman tried to move away but the stranger grabbed her by the waist and pulled her towards him.
When she tried to get away he grabbed her around the neck, placed his hand inside her clothing and sexually assaulted her, police said.
The victim managed to elbow the attacker in the face to free herself, before she found her friends and called police.
Investigators have released a facial composite picture of a man they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries, described as being Caucasian with ginger coloured hair.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.