Sexual assault accusation shocks Royal Court, London

London's Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey London's Royal Court Theatre. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey
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An employee of the Royal Court Theatre in London has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman during an encounter at the venue.

Simon David, who is a bookshop manager at the theatre, allegedly sexually assaulted the woman at the Royal Court, in Sloane Square, in December last year.

David, 56, appeared at Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court on January 25.

Prosecutor Tom Gill said: “Mr David is the shop manager at the theatre.

“The woman has stated she did not want any relationship between either party.

“They danced and the defendant touched the complainant on her breast area, her rear area and her side, this was touching over clothing.”

The woman reported the sexual assault to Holloway police station, the court heard.

David denied one count of sexual assault on a female and elected jury trial.

He was bailed ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing and will next appear at Isleworth Crown Court on February 22.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Court said: “Last month the police informed us that a member of staff had been charged with sexual assault. The alleged offence occurred outside of the employee’s working hours. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage, but we will be following the trial and its outcome.”