CELEBRITY SNAPPA ‘GROPED AC­TORS’ BOOBS ON SHOOTS’ Women were too scared to re­port him, court told

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DE­NIAL: Pas­cal Mol­liere TWO ac­tresses were sex­u­ally as­saulted by a pho­tog­ra­pher but did not re­port him be­cause they didn’t want to dam­age their show­biz rep­u­ta­tions, a court heard.

Pas­cal Mol­liere, 50, who boasted of tak­ing por­traits of screen leg­ends Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen, groped four women in his stu­dio, it is claimed.

The hope­ful ac­tresses were rec­om­mended to Mol­liere by a cast­ing di­rec­tor from the web­site Starnow.co.uk, where ac­tors can post their pro­files for au­di­tions.

Two vic­tims feared they’d face prob­lems in the in­dus­try if they went to cops, South­wark Crown Court heard.

One said she did not want to make a com­plaint be­cause the woman who rec­om­mended Mol­liere was a BBC cast­ing di­rec­tor and a “big bod” in en­ter­tain­ment.

Dur­ing the photo shoots, Mol­liere is said to have kissed the women and groped their breasts. ROY­ALTY: Pa­trick Ste­wart

De­scrib­ing one woman’s photo shoot, pros­e­cu­tor Mar­gia Mostafa said: “He sug­gested she re­move her bra be­cause the line was show­ing.

“She took her bra off in the bath­room and re­turned. He was star­ing at her and came to read­just her cloth­ing.

“He put his hand on her top and yanked it down and was clasp­ing her bare breasts and pulled her towards him and started kiss­ing her.”

Mol­liere, of Bed­hamp­ton, Hamps, de­nies four counts of sex­ual as­sault. The trial con­tin­ues.

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