PHYSIO’S ‘BOOB GROPE MAS­SAGE FOR A SORE NECK’ Court hears he told woman: ‘That feels good, no?’

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

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.

Ex­posed

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

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