Jemima Khan and Russell Brand trigger police investigation after masseuse claims 'assault'
Police confirm they were asked to investigate an allegation of assault after a masseuse claims she was pushed in the £15 million home of Jemima Khan
Jemima Khan and her boyfriend Russell Brand prompted a complaint to police after a masseuse claimed she was assaulted during a visit to the heiress’s £15 million Oxfordshire home.
Thames Valley Police started an investigation after the 31-year-old, who claimed she had been booked by Miss Khan as a birthday present for Mr Brand, complained that the comedy actor pushed her during an altercation at Kiddington Hall last month.
Mr Brand denied the allegation and the police did not proceed to a full investigation.
Szilvia Berki, who is from Hungary, and charges up to £500 for a massage, told police she had been left upset and frightened after the incident flared up following a disagreement about the service she was to provide.
Officers from the police station in Chipping Norton investigated Miss Berki’s complaint but later informed her that they would be unable to proceed due to a lack of evidence.
She has since lodged a complaint over the way the matter was handled and Thames Valley Police confirmed they are in the process of reviewing the initial investigation.
Miss Berki, who advertises her services on the internet, claims she received an email from Miss Khan on June 6 asking if she would be willing to travel to Oxfordshire the following night to give a massage.
Initially she expressed some reluctance because she lives in Wimbledon and was worried about getting home.
However, she said she agreed when Miss Khan, 40, offered to send a car to collect her and drop her off, and also offered to pay her travelling time. Miss Berki, who claimed to have only vaguely heard of Miss Khan and Mr Brand, 39, said she was stunned when she arrived at the 17th-century property in the heart of Oxfordshire. She described how the couple, who have been dating since last autumn, quickly made her feel at home.
She said the atmosphere changed after a disagreement about the service and a row started. Miss Berki told police she was pushed by Mr Brand and was left terrified after Miss Khan’s white Alsatian dog jumped at her. The driver then took Miss Berki home and Miss Khan later emailed to apologise for any misunderstanding.
Miss Berki said she was so upset she contacted the Metropolitan Police to report an allegation of assault. The complaint was forwarded to the Thames Valley force and an investigation was begun.
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: “We received a report on 16 June from the Metropolitan Police that a woman had reported that she had been assaulted on June 7 at a private address near Woodstock. An investigation was carried out by Thames Valley Police and in the absence of necessary evidence we were unable to proceed further with the investigation and informed the complainant of this situation.”
The police spokesman confirmed the complaint was being investigated but declined to comment further.
Mr Brand, who has earned a reputation as a Lothario, began dating Miss Khan last year and recently described how the relationship had left him a changed man.
Appearing on the Jonathan Ross show Mr Brand said: “I am in a relationship which is unlike anything I have experienced before. I really love her. I feel that it is grounded in friendship and well cool. It is very exciting.”
He added: “I am going to be really kind in this relationship and try and change myself. It’s an internal change. I have been meditating and thinking about spiritual stuff. This is the happiest I’ve been in this human life.”
Miss Khan, who is the daughter of the late financier Sir James Goldsmith, was previously married to the Pakistan cricketer turned politician, Imran Khan.