- A female TV producer said a British government official “groped” her during a meeting at 10 Downing Street.
- Daisy Goodwin said she didn’t report the incident but spoke out in the wake of sex allegations against powerful men in Hollywood and Westminster.
- The alleged incident reportedly took place during David Cameron’s tenure.
A TV producer has said she was “groped” by a British government official at 10 Downing Street.
Daisy Goodwin, who penned the ITV series “Victoria,” wrote in the Radio Times that the unnamed official “put his hand on my breast” during a meeting to discuss a potential TV show.
She said the alleged incident took place during David Cameron’s tenure as prime minister, when he lived in 10 Downing Street from 2010 and 2016.
“I had met the official at a dinner and he had followed up with an email. As I waited to see him I drank in the aroma of Downing Street, which took me straight back to the boys’ public school I had attended – a sweaty combination of testosterone, socks, and lust.
“The official, who was a few years younger than me, showed me into a room… Then to my surprise he put his feet on my chair (we were sitting side by side) and said that my sunglasses made me look like a Bond Girl.
“I attempted to turn the conversation to turning exports into unmissable TV. At the end of the meeting we both stood up and the official, to my astonishment, put his hand on my breast. I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said, ‘Are you actually touching my breast?’
“He dropped his hand and laughed nervously. I swept out in what can only be called high dudgeon.”
She said she didn’t report the incident but spoke out in the wake of multiple sexual allegations lodged against powerful figures in Hollywood, Westminster and beyond.
“I wasn’t traumatised, I was cross. But by the next day it had become an anecdote, The Day I Was Groped In Number 10,” she said.
Last month, Westminster researchers collated a dossier accusing MPs of sexual harassment, unwanted advances, and extramarital sex with parliamentary staff.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned earlier this month after being named in the scandal, while First Secretary of State Damian Green is under investigation over allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
A spokesperson for 10 Downing Street told RadioTimes.com: “Allegations such as this are taken very seriously. The Cabinet Office would look into any formal complaint, should one be made.”