Award-winning Downton Abbey producer, 39, accused of sexual assault, gets case postponed as he fights cancer
- Chris Croucher, 39, is accused of abusing the woman in Westminster last year
- Today’s hearing has been adjourned for the third time until November 17
- Assistant director is charged with sexual assault on a woman and sexual assault
An award-winning producer in Downton Abbey accused of sexual assault was suspended for the third time today after being diagnosed with cancer.
Film and television writer Chris Croucher, 39, is accused of assaulting the woman in Westminster, central London, last December.
He is charged with sexual assault and sexual assault on a woman.
The screenwriter and assistant director, who has worked with Hollywood A-listers Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman, did not come to court due to ill health.
Producer Chris Croucher, 39, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Westminster
Previous hearings have been postponed after magistrates were told he was diagnosed with cancer and is being treated.
Suleman Hussain, prosecutor, said: “The adjournment was proposed by the defendant.
‘A request for postponement has already been granted.
The defendant has not been released on bail at this time.
Croucher received two Emmy nominations and twice won the NTA award for best drama for his work on Downton Abbey series five and six
“I understand the reason his attorney is not here because the adjournment has already been granted.”
The hearing was adjourned until November 17 at Westminster Magistrates Court.
Croucher, from Guildford, Surrey, was the assistant director of eight episodes of Downton Abbey, as well as other TV shows and movies, including Whitechapel, 28 Weeks Later and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.
The film and television writer also worked on The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman
During its time in the ITV drama, the series received two Emmy nominations and won the National Television Award for best drama twice.
He graduated from the Surrey Institute of Art And Design in 2003 with a BA in Film and TV Production and has been a producer of TV shows The Halcyon, The Innocents and White Lines.
He was also assistant director at Wimbledon, along with Paul Bethany and Kirsten Dunst.