McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell avoided session with ‘groping’ masseur

Last Updated: May 15, 2012, 14:46 PM IST

London: Sir Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell cancelled appointments with a 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 McCartney’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, the Telegraph reported.

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

The court heard claimed Pytlarz, who is a married man, secured a booking with the 69-year-old rocker 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,” she said.

The court heard she then contacted Pytlarz to arrange a suitable date.
She said that Pytlarz began massaging her and she felt a bit strange after he caught her with the inside hand, his right hand which she flinched and felt uncomfortable.

At first she thought it was a mistake as he then moved back down the leg. He started on the other leg and caught her again. He then concentrated on her 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 added.

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.

ANI