Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct that some readers may find upsetting.
Atomic Kitten star Natasha Hamilton has claimed that she was sexually assaulted on a train after a man had his penis “pushed up against” her.
The singer shared the details of the incident in a Twitter post on Wednesday (October 10), where she explained what had happened alongside a photo of the alleged man in question.
“This vile excuse of a man just had his penis pushed up against me while on the overground train from London Bridge heading to Elmstead Woods,” Natasha wrote. “I though it was a bag until I felt him heavy breathing down my neck. I am appalled and calling the transport police when I get off!”
In a separate tweet, she added: “Honesty [sic] I am shaking a feel so violated now! But more than anything I am so angry!! I had the opportunity to take his picture before he left the train – this has to stop happening to people!”
In reply to the initial tweet, the British Transport Police urged Natasha to report the incident, and a spokesperson later confirmed in a statement to The Mirror that a report had been received.
“British Transport Police are aware of a report on social media of a sexual assault on a train to Bromley yesterday,” a spokesperson confirmed.
“Officers are making enquiries into this incident – which is believed to have occurred on a Southeastern train to Elmstead Woods – as part of an investigation.
“We take every report of unwanted sexual behaviour with the utmost of seriousness – and through our Report It To Stop It campaign we are encouraging victims to come forward to tell us what happened. You can do this by using our simple and discreet 61016 text service or by calling us on 0800 40 50 40.
“Thankfully, the rail network is a CCTV rich environment and we use every opportunity to use this crucial evidence to help prosecute suspects. We also work tirelessly to combat sexual offences by running covert patrols across the rail network with plain clothed officers.”
Digital Spy has reached out to Natasha Hamilton’s reps for further comment.
Recent weeks have seen several high-profile women discuss their experiences of being sexually assaulted on the tube, with former Hollyoaks actress Anna Shaffer thanking Transport for London for their help after an incident last month. Emma Thompson also recently recalled that her teenage daughter was sexually assaulted on the London Underground last year.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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