Boris Johnson accused of ‘squeezing journalist’s thigh so hard she flinched’ under the table at private lunch

Boris Johnson accused of ‘squeezing journalist’s thigh so hard she flinched’ under the table at private lunch

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BORIS Johnson has been accused of “squeezing a journalist’s thigh so hard she flinched” under the table at a private lunch.

Charlotte Edwardes said that in 1999 the Prime Minister, who was then editor of the Spectator, touched her leg during a London event held by the magazine.

Boris Johnson is accusing of squeezing a young journalists knee while editor at the Spectator
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Charlotte Edwardes, left, made the claims in Style magazine
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Writing in The Sunday Times, Edwardes, said: “Under the table I feel Johnson’s hand on my thigh.

“He gives it a squeeze. His hand is high up my leg and he has enough flesh beneath his fingers to make me sit suddenly upright.”

‘LOUCHE, LOUD LUNCH’

Edwardes says at the time she was a young newspaper reporter writing occasional articles for the right-wing magazine.

Edwardes says she confided in the “young woman” on his other side after the “louche, loud, risqué” lunch.

The woman responded, saying: “Oh God, he did exactly the same to me”.

Edwardes, who wrote for Evening Standard before recently moving to the Sunday Times, says he was with his partner Marina Wheeler at the time.

The journalist made the claims on the second anniversary of the Me Too movement.

She also referenced to Michael Fallon and Damian Green, two Conservative ministers who resigned after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Boris Johnson in c1999, when he was editor of the Spectator
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CASH ‘SCANDAL’

Edwardes writes: “He’s [Boris has] seen off mere papery knee-fondlers — two ministers were flung out for this in 2017 — and now he’s installed in No 10, where, I imagine, he man-sprawls the sofas, brushing crumbs from his tie, while, upstairs, his bedroom is a Tracey Emin installation.”

No10 is yet to respond to the claims.

They come as Boris Johnson steps out in Manchester for the Conservative Party conference amid chaos over Brexit.

Johnson was today forced to deny any improper relationship with US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri while he was London mayor.

The tech entrepreneur, 34, is said to have confided to pals about an intimate relationship with the then-married London mayor.


Johnson today said there was “no interest to declare” regarding links with Arcuri and that everything had been done “with full propriety”.

It was alleged he gave her her company received thousand pounds in sponsorship grants because of a special relationship.

The police watchdog are currently investigating whether a crime was committed.


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