Downing Street to investigate report of groping by official
The British government will investigate allegations by a TV producer who claims an official groped her breast inside No. 10 Downing Street while David Cameron was prime minister.
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May told reporters Tuesday that May was taking the ITV producer’s complaint very seriously, the Guardian reported. “Yes, of course, it’s an issue we are concerned about,” the spokesman said, adding that the government would ensure the accusation “is properly looked into.”
Daisy Goodwin, who created the ITV series Victoria, alleged in a column for the Radio Times this week that she was groped by an official when she was visiting No. 10 Downing Street to discuss an idea for a TV show. Goodwin did not name the official but described him as being “a few years younger” than herself.
She said the man told her the sunglasses she was wearing made her look “like a Bond girl.”
“At the end of the meeting, we both stood up and the official, to my astonishment, put his hand on my breast,” Goodwin said. “I wasn’t traumatized, I was cross.”
The producer said she reconsidered her choice not to report the incident after recent sexual harassment and misconduct allegations in Westminster and Hollywood.
A spokesperson for Cameron said on Tuesday “this is the first he has heard of this,” and that the former prime minister was “alarmed, shocked and concerned.” The spokesperson added that the Cabinet Office had been informed and would “thoroughly investigate any complaint made.”