London: A masseur to the stars has said that he was relieved after he was dramatically cleared of sexually assaulting 18 women including a former employee of Sir Paul McCartney.
Daniel Pytlarz, whose clients have included Nancy Dell’Olio, McCartney’s daughter Mary, and members of the Saudi royal family, clasped his hands over his heart as the jury of six men and six women unanimously rejected charges that he had preyed on women at his upmarket spa.
Outside court he hugged his wife, Urszula Nowozeniuk, who supported him throughout his arrest and trial after telling friends in their native Poland that she believed that the charges were “completely insane.”
His solicitor said that the couple was `relieved` at the outcome.
“Mr Pytlarz has always maintained his innocence and is pleased to have at last been vindicated,” the Daily Mail quoted his solicitor as saying.
Nowozeniuk, who would have been only yards away when the alleged misconduct took place, said, “I have never had any doubts in his professionalism or his work.”
“I’ve never, never seen anything that gave me even the smallest concern that something wasn’t right.
The 35-year-old masseur was said to have intimately touched the women as he massaged them at the Violet Clinic Body and Skincare Spa in St John’s Wood, North London.
The first allegation was made by a former employee of McCartney in December 2009 as she visited the clinic the day before he was due to give a massage to the former ‘the Beatles’ member.
The case was dropped after the woman declined to pursue it, but after two years he was re-arrested after new allegations were made against him.
Police then subsequently sent a letter to all of his female clients, and he was eventually charged with 21 offences of alleged sexual assault against 18 women.
Prosecutors claimed that his victims also included a teenage girl who visited the clinic for a 17th birthday treat, a music producer and two lawyers.
But Pytlarz was cleared after telling Southwark Crown Court how he would have been “insane” to have assaulted the women as his wife, co-owner of the spa, worked in a nearby room.
A string of clients testified in his favour and he was described by some as providing the “perfect” service. Auschwitz survivor Ronald Leaton, his neighbour, called him “a moral pillar in the community.”