The National Ballet star protests his innocence after female students allege he sexually assaulted them
English National Ballet’s star dancer has ‘no idea’ why young female students claim he sexually assaults them
- Yat-Sen Chang, 49, says he is a ‘nice person’ and has denied all 14 charges
- The Cuban-born National Ballet star is on trial at Isleworth Crown Court, London
- Female students say crimes occurred between late 2009 and March 2016
- A victim claims that Chang ‘pressed her to the floor and rubbed her with his crotch’
An internationally renowned former English National Ballet dancer denies groping young female students and says he has “no idea” why the allegations were made against him.
Yat-Sen Chang, 49, described himself as a ‘nice person’ and said he had not touched any of his former female students in an inappropriate or sexual way.
Cuban-born Chang, who currently lives in the German city of Kiel, is on trial in London and is charged with 12 charges of sexual assault and twice of sexual assault by penetration on a woman aged 16 or older.
After a victim claimed that Chang had “pressed her to the floor and rubbed her with his crotch,” the ballet star accused her of “lying.”
National Ballet star Yat-Sen Chang, 49, (above) has been accused of 12 times of sexual assault and twice of sexual assault by penetration
The alleged violations were alleged to have taken place at the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London between December 2009 and March 2016 and concern four female complainants who were aged between 16 and 18 at the time of the incidents.
Prosecutor Joel Smith opened the case of the ‘internationally renowned’ ballet dancer earlier this week, saying it was a case of ‘a man of power and prestige using them to abuse younger women’.
But today in defense, Kathryn Hirst asked Chang if he had touched or done anything “to any of these young women that was inappropriate or sexual.”
He said to Isleworth Crown Court, “No.”
Chang (pictured) spoke at Isleworth Crown Court describing himself as a ‘nice person’ saying he had not touched any of the complainers in an inappropriate or sexual way
He was asked to explain in general how it works when it comes to correcting a dancer’s movements or to teach them how to do it.
Chang told the court, “I physically touch the dancer and say,” Here’s where I want the leg, here it goes, “and that’s how it’s taught.”
He said that for a teacher there is no difference in physically correcting a male or female dancer, or anyone older or younger than 18.
Mrs. Hirst asked, “You say you have not sexually assaulted any of these girls or have done anything inappropriate – do you have any idea why they would make these allegations against you?”
Chang replied, “I have no idea.”
Chang’s crimes are said to have taken place at the English National Ballet and Young Dancers Academy in London between December 2009 and March 2016
During a cross-examination of the defendant, Mr. Smith asked, “Why are they making it up?”
Chang repeated his earlier answer, saying, “I have no idea.”
The prosecutor pointed out to him that one of the complainants – none of whom can be identified for legal reasons – claimed that Chang had pushed her to the ground and rubbed his crotch against her.
Mr. Smith asked, ‘This is not the case where (the complainant) gets the wrong side of the stick or misreads the signals? Is that an incident that happened or not? ‘
The defendant said, “It did not happen.”
He then asked Chang if it was happening or if the complainant is lying, to which Chang replied, “She’s definitely lying.”