David Walliams 'appalled' by alleged sexual harassment at President’s Club charity fundraiser

David Walliams 'appalled' by alleged sexual harassment at President’s Club charity fundraiser

David Walliams hosted an event for the President's Club

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

David Walliams has revealed he is "appalled" to hear of alleged sexual harassment taking place at a charity fundraiser he hosted.

The TV judge hosted the men-only Presidents Club charity fundraiser at the Dorchester Hotel in London last week, according to The Huffington Post.

A Financial Times investigation claims some of those attending the black-tie event touched hostesses inappropriately and asked them for sex.

Walliams himself has not been accused of sexual harassment, but tweeted about the accusations.

He said: “Last Thursday night I hosted the Presidents Club annual charity fundraiser. I agreed to host as it is one of the biggest charity fundraising events of the year. I was there in a strictly professional capacity and not as a guest.

“I left immediately after I had finished my presenting on stage at 11.30pm. I did not witness any of the kind of behaviour that allegedly occurred and am absolutely appalled by the reports.”

The Presidents Club itself has also said it is "appalled" about the accusations and will be starting its own investigation.

A spokesperson for Theresa May has said the Prime Minister felt uncomfortable upon hearing the news.

Today (January 24) the Government said David Meller, the club's chairman, will be stepping down from his position in the Department for Education.

Jeremy Corbyn has also claimed the event was “a gross example of sexual harassment."

Great Ormond Street Hospital was supposed to receive a donation from the Presidents Club, however has said it will no longer accept this.

The Presidents Club's charity fundraiser has been held for 33 years and this year's event raised more than £2 million.