Westminster sleaze scandal reaches No.10
LONDON: Downing Street has been dragged into the Westminster sexual harassment scandal after a well-known writer claimed one of David Cameron’s oficials groped her.
Daisy Goodwin, who wrote hit TV show Victoria, said that she had immediately called out the oficial, saying: “Are you actually touching my breast?” She alleged that the incident occurred after the man “summoned” her to No.10 to discuss an idea for a television programme.
The claim takes the harassment scandal to the heart of power in British politics, after weeks which have already seen a cabinet minister’s career end over inappropriate behaviour and allegations of rape made in three different parties.
Describing what the man did during the meeting “a few years ago,” she said: “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 oficial, 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?’” She went on to say how the oficial “dropped his hand and laughed nervously,” before she left “cross” but not traumatised.
Goodwin relayed her allegation in an article for the Radio Times, published on Tuesday, in which she told how she had been “summoned to Downing Street during the Cameron administration” to talk to the oficial about a potential TV show.
She said she irst met the man in question at a dinner, after which he had contacted her by email inviting her to No.10.