PHYSIO’S ‘BOOB GROPE MASSAGE FOR A SORE NECK’ Court hears he told woman: ‘That feels good, no?’
A PHYSIOTHERAPIST groped a client’s BREASTS and told her: “That feels good, no?” when she visited him with a sore neck, a court heard.
Andrea Franchini, 35, allegedly stared at the woman’s breasts for a minute before running his hands over her chest.
The unnamed woman claims Mr Franchini babbled in Italian and talked about US politics as he moved his crotch towards her face during the rubbing session at The Great Health Clinic in Islington, central London, on August 10 last year.
Mr Franchini asked another client to take her top off and massaged her right breast when she visited the clinic with a sore shoulder and fractured thumb in May, it is claimed.
He denies two counts of sexual assault at Blackfriars Crown Court and told police the first alleged victim might be “hypersensitive in the breast area”.
Prosecutor Alison Ginn said: “In a nutshell, this case is about whether the defendant, a physiotherapist, inappropriately sexually touched two women by touching their breasts when they received treatment.
“He accepts this wasn’t part of any treatment he would have given and he denies touching their breasts.”
The first complainant hurt her neck while doing martial arts.
Mr Franchini took her into a small room when she attended an emergency appointment, but she felt it was getting personal and she told him she had a husband.
Ms Ginn said: “Standing behind her, he told her to take her top off and she asked if she needed to take off her bra, too. Then he went in front of her and she was topless. He asked about a birth mark on her chest.”
Mr Franchini allegedly brushed the sides of her breasts with his hands while he massaged her back as she laid face down on his treatment table.
The court heard he asked the woman to turn over and put a towel around her stomach, leaving her breasts exposed, when she said she was cold.
“She tried to pull them up but he moved them down,” said Ms Ginn.
“He started to massage her chest and breasts, and towards her nipples, and massaged the sides of her breasts. “It was a breast massage.” The alleged victim claims she covered her pelvis with her hands when Franchini began working his way towards her groin.
The woman says Mr Franchini stared at her naked upper body for about a minute as she sat topless on the edge of the bed.
She claims he asked her: “That feels good, no?” while rubbing her left shoulder before brushing her breasts with his hands.
Ms Ginn said the second woman, who claims Mr Franchini sexually assaulted her, had a stiff shoulder and a fractured right thumb when she saw him.
She added: “He massaged her breast under her bra and top. The massage he was giving her was a slow, circular motion on her right breast.”
Mr Franchini, of Stratford, denies two counts of sexual assault.
The trial continues.
DENIAL: Andrea Franchini