A married British Hollywood actor was interrogated by police after a massage therapist claimed to be groping her buttocks and rubbing his private parts against her during an appointment.
Officers interviewed the actor, who is known in Britain and the US, late last month with caution regarding the alleged sexual assault.
It took place at the actor’s home in London, the Sunday Times where the woman would come to massage him.
The alleged victim, a single mother who works for a reputable company, said the alleged attack left her ‘frozen’ and took a long time to realize what had happened.
An actor known in the United Kingdom and the United States has been questioned by police about allegations of sexual assault. The actor and the massage therapist have not been named
She explained to the Sunday Times how the actor had attempted to kiss her on the day of the alleged attack before treatment began.
“When I started massaging his thighs, he started asking me to go up further, close to his crotch and close to his genitals,” she said.
When she became visibly upset, the actor, who was wearing an untied robe, said he “understood”.
But then, she claimed, “he grabs my waist” and starts “touching me, touching my body, touching my buttocks” and “rubbing himself on me.”
After the alleged incident, the woman claims that the actor then told her that he did not have enough money to pay for the massage session.
She said she started working for the actor in early summer last year and soon went to regular appointments that earned her £ 500 a month.
They developed a friendship, she explained, and started exchanging ‘flirty’ messages in August, often sent late at night and sometimes signed off by both. The woman said she had developed feelings for the actor.
The alleged attack occurred in the fall.
She started for the actor in early summer last year, before the alleged attack occurred in the fall. She reported it on January 30. Above is a stock image of a massage
Afterwards, the woman said that they kept reporting and that she returned to his house a week later for a new appointment, hoping that he would apologize and pay the money that he owed her.
“I just wanted to make it up and get paid,” she said. “I went back there and said,” He’s going to apologize. Everything will be fine. “I really had to talk to him about what happened because everything happened very quickly. ‘
But upon arrival, the actor declined to talk about it, encouraged her to leave and paid what he owed with a £ 40 tip.
The attack was reported to Scotland Yard on January 30. The man and the massage therapist have not been named.
The Office for National Statistics says that around 700,000 people, ages 16 to 59, were victims of sexual assault in 2018, a number that has tripled in recent years as a result of “ improvements in police records and more victims willing to report “.
“The number of violations recorded by the police remains far below the number of victims,” they said.
“Of the offenses that do come to the attention of the police, many do not go through the criminal justice system.”
The alleged attack took place at the actor’s house in London, which the woman visited regularly to give him massages. She made about £ 500 a month from the arrangements
About half of all sex offenses reported to the police did not go to court for “ probative value, ” they said.
The NHS says that victims of sexual assault can contact volunteer organizations, including Women’s Aid, Victim Support, The Survivors Trust or Survivors UK (for men) for support.
Sexual violence referral centers are also available, providing medical, practical and emotional support through trained doctors, nurses and supporters.