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Monday 9 December 2019

Paul McCartney 'cancelled massage after his employee was groped', court hears

The wealth of Nancy Shevell, pictured with Sir Paul McCartney on their wedding day, bumped the Beatle up the rich list. Photo: AP
The wealth of Nancy Shevell, pictured with Sir Paul McCartney on their wedding day, bumped the Beatle up the rich list. Photo: AP

Hannah Furness

PAUL McCartney and Nancy Shevell cancelled appointments with a "groping" masseur after he sexually assaulted one of their employees the day before, a court has heard.

Daniel Pytlarz, 34, allegedly molested the woman during a complimentary massage after he was recommended by one of Sir Paul's daughters.

He had been due to treat the couple at their home in nearby St John's Wood, northwest London, the day after the alleged attack in December 2009.

Southwark Crown Court heard Pytlarz inappropriately touched 18 female clients at his over a two-and-a-half-year period at his Violet Clinic Body and Skincare Spa.

He denies seven counts of assault by penetration and 14 counts of sexual assault.

The court heard claimed Pytlarz, who is married man, secured a booking with Sir Paul and his then-partner Nancy Shevell and offered their employee a free full body massage.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “I did not see anything wrong in it; it was somebody who had been recommended by someone I trusted.

“My boss was looking for a masseur or masseuse in London, as his regular one was not available, so he asked me to get a recommendation from his daughter.

“I texted her and she texted me back the details of this masseur.”

The court heard she then contacted Pytlarz to arrange a suitable date.

Judge Alistair McCreath asked: “Did you say who your boss was at that point?'”

She replied: “Yes I did as the daughter had already been to see this particular masseur.”

She then told the court Pytlarz had begun massaging her lower leg left with oil and added: “He moved up my leg to my thigh and he was sort of labouring it bit.

“I thought it was a bit strange but did not think anything more of it then he caught me with the inside hand, his right hand and I flinched and felt uncomfortable.

“I thought it must be a mistake and then he moved back down the leg.

“He started on my other leg and he caught me again.

“He then concentrated on my thigh and just kept massaging and it became continuous.”

She said he then touched her intimately.

“I was crying, but with my face down,” she said.

“He could not see but I believe I made it perfectly clear that I was uncomfortable and in distress.

“I was frightened that if I said something as far as I knew I was alone in this place and he could have locked the door or, I had no idea what could happen.”

She claimed she was then asked to turn over and he began to massage her legs again but that she “tensed up” and he abruptly finished the treatment.

The witness said she left the treatment room “in shock” and left the clinic before she “totally lost it”.

Later that night she called the police from her home and told Sir Paul about the alleged assault who then cancelled his appointment.

A few days later, it is claimed, Pytlarz sent her a text message inquiring if “everything was ok”.

The alleged victim added: 'They cancelled because I told my boss and his daughter what had happened.'

Sir Paul married American heiress Nancy Shevell at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London, register office in October 2011.

She is his third wife after Linda McCartney died in 1998 and he split from second wife Heather Mills in an acrimonious divorce in 2008.

Sir Paul is said to be worth £665m and this year was placed third in the Sunday Times Rich List of Music Millionaires.

The trial continues.


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