A TOP TV writer and producer has claimed a government official groped her breast inside 10 Downing Street.
Daisy Goodwin, creator of ITV royal drama Victoria, said she was pestered by the aide when David Cameron was prime minister.
She said she embarrassed him by saying ‘are you actually touching my breast’ before ‘sweeping out in high dudgeon’ — but never reported him.
The 55-year-old said she was now asking herself whether she should have spoken out. ‘In the light of all the really shocking stories that have come out about abusive behaviour by men in power, from Hollywood to Westminster, I wonder if my Keep Calm And Carry On philosophy inherited from my parents was correct,’ she writes in today’s Radio Times.
‘The answer is, I am not sure. I think humiliating the official was probably the appropriate punishment, but suppose he tried it on with someone less able to defend themselves?’
Goodwin, who has worked on shows including Grand Designs and Escape To The Country, was invited to No.10 by the official to discuss a possible series about British exports.
He showed her into an office dominated by a portrait of Margaret Thatcher before putting his feet on her chair and saying her sunglasses made her look like a Bond girl, she claims.
She said she imitated the aristocratic tones of Oscar Wilde character Lady Bracknell to put him in his place when he groped her. ‘At the end of the meeting, we both stood up and the official, to my astonishment, put his hand on my breast,’ she said.
‘I looked at the hand and then in my best Lady Bracknell voice said: “Are you actually touching my breast?” He dropped his hand and laughed nervously.’
Goodwin added she wasn’t traumatised but ‘cross’ and later told anecdotes about ‘the day I was groped in No.10’.
Downing Street said it would open an investigation if she did decide to file a complaint.
It comes as ministers Damian Green and Mark Garnier face cabinet office inquiries over claims of inappropriate behaviour towards women.