Wednesday 17 October 2018

Rosanna Davison: 'My father intervened when a much older man grabbed me by the face and kissed me'

Chris de Burgh and his daughter Rosanna Davison
Chris de Burgh and his daughter Rosanna Davison
Chris de Burgh and Rosanna Davison at the annual Christmas Ward Walk at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin
Chris de Burgh with his daughter Rosanna
Chris de Burgh and Rosanna Davison launch her Eat Yourself Fit book at Rustic Stone
Chris de Burgh, Rosanna Davison and Diane Davison at the book launch for Rosanna Davison's Eat Yourself Beautiful at House
Chris de Burgh and his daughter Rosanna Davison at Taste of Dublin 2010
Chris de Burgh and Rosanna - instagram.
(L to R) Diane Davison, Chris de Burgh, Rosanna Davison launch her Eat Yourself Fit book at Rustic Stone
Rosanna Davison with her father Chris de Burgh and Ireland AM's Sinead Desmond. Picture: Ireland AM/Twitter
Chris De Burgh and wife Diane. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison has revealed how her father intervened when an older man kissed her without her permission.

The model and cookbook author says she was just 17 when the older man tried to kiss her in a Dublin bar.

“My father has always been a great supporter of women. I remember once we were out together in a busy bar in Dalkey,” she told the Irish Sun.

“I might have been only 17 when a much older man grabbed me by the face and kissed me. It wasn’t on the lips but it was on my face, and it was totally unasked-for and inappropriate.”

“I remember my Dad reacting by grabbing this man by the face and kissing him on the lips. Dad told him, ‘Don’t kiss my daughter, or I will kiss you’.”

“Looking back, it was a great move by Dad, protecting me from this man and telling him not to go near me. It’s great to have a dad like that.”

The former Miss World made the comments in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has prompted numerous women in Hollywood to speak out about their alleged experiences of harassment.

She added: “I’d say myself and the majority of my friends have experienced that. I think plenty of women have experienced that. So this is not just in Hollywood.”

“This is a global problem and the nature of how men treat women needs to be addressed long after the Weinstein episode dies down.”

“But the person with the ultimate responsibility is the person saying or doing irresponsible things.”

“They are the people with an attitude against women we need to fight.”

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