Date: 17th December 2000
Hollywood superstar ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has strongly denied accusations of sexual harassment and breast-grabbing from female interviewers in London.
The teutonic action hero allegedly became "frisky" with a number of British TV presenters, in consecutive interviews to promote his new film THE 6TH DAY.
According to reports in Britain's THE SUN tabloid, Schwarzenegger grasped TV starlet MELANIE SYKES around the waist. "Get your hands off me - I'm scared," she is reported to have said - so he made a lunge for her breast instead.
Other accusations revolve around interviews with presenters DENISE VAN OUTEN and ANNA RICHARDSON, also conducted in London's Dorchester hotel. Richardson told the tabloid, "I wanted to say, 'You dirty bastard'. But you can't tell a powerful man like him to f*** off... He kept saying how fantastic I looked and staring at my breasts." At the end of the interview, claims Richardson, "He pulled me onto his knee, saying 'I really want to know if your breasts are real.'"
The star's spokesman JILL EISENSTADT flatly denies the charges. She says, "I wasn't there. I don't know this woman. But he's always had a great relationship with journalists, and he's always acted appropriately. I just don't believe it for a second."
Eisenstadt pointed out Richardson's complaint was filed only after she was barred by COLUMBIA TRI-STAR from future interviews because of "improper behaviour" during her meeting with Schwarzenegger.
Schwarzenegger's lawyer MARTY SINGER agrees. He says Richardson is "the one who basically came on in a very provocative manner to Mr Schwarzenegger. Asking him to basically check her out. She left in a very happy mood. It's a case of three people getting their name in the paper. Quite frankly, my client didn't do anything inappropriate."