Wednesday 22 November 2017

Nancy Dell’Olio was client of masseur accused of sexually assaulting Paul McCartney employee – court

Ben Merrell and Katie Hodge

A MASSEUR accused of sexually assaulting a former employee of Sir Paul McCartney told a court today that Nancy Dell'Olio was among his celebrity customers.

Daniel Pytlarz, 35, allegedly preyed on 18 women at his upmarket salon where he charged clients up to £120 for treatment.

While working as a masseur he claimed to have met Sir Paul's daughter Mary, her husband Simon and her child who "looked like a little Paul", he told his trial.

Pytlarz opened The Violet Clinic - Body and Skincare Spa in St John's Wood, north-west London after discovering an empty premises near a pilates centre which, he believed, was frequented by Madonna.

He began to develop a client base and particularly prized his celebrity customers, he told Southwark Crown Court.

This included Dell'Olio, the then partner of former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, who he treated shortly before his arrest, jurors were told.

Asked whether he considered it important to establish a celebrity clientele, the masseur replied: "For me myself, it was very special. I come from a town of 400,000 people from Poland and I suddenly met royalty from Saudi Arabia, Mary McCartney and her husband Simon and even her child who looked like a little Paul."

Listing some of his more well-known customers, he said: "Nancy Dell'Olio ... she was a regular client until I was arrested."

He added: "I was her personal trainer and I massaged her as well."

Others included the pianist James Rhodes, he told the court.

Pytlarz, who denies 14 charges of sexual assault and seven counts of assault by penetration, said he worked hard to establish his business, raising money to launch the salon by working as a swimming teacher and lifeguard.

The married church-goer insisted he would never have deliberately touched a client in an inappropriate way.

Standing in the dock, clad in a pin-striped suit with a handkerchief tucked in his breast pocket and a red striped tie, he said: "I'm shocked. I'm also angry ... I didn't do that. I didn't assault anyone."

Some of his alleged victims may have believed he touched them inappropriately during a massage to the inner thigh, he said. During such treatment, he suggested that the client's own flesh could sometimes be pushed upwards and may have been mistaken for his hand.

The court has heard how Pytlarz allegedly sexually assaulted a former employee of Sir Paul McCartney the day before the Beatles star was due to have a massage.

She was said to have been left "panicked, distressed and traumatised" by the ordeal in December 2009, telling her boss and his daughter what happened. They cancelled their appointments, as did Sir Paul's then-girlfriend, jurors have heard.

Pytlarz, of Abercorn Place, St John's Wood, is accused of assaulting the women, some as young as 17, between March 2009 and September 2011 while he gave them treatments at the clinic in Abbey Gardens.

The Warsaw-born masseur, who has been practising for 13 years and has a series of qualifications and five diplomas to his name, said many of his clients continue to stand by him despite the criminal charges.

Press Association

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