'I didn't want to be a part of this witch hunt' - Julia Hartley-Brewer speaks out over Sir Michael Fallon reports

Julia Hartley-Brewer speaks out over Sir Michael Fallon reports

Our host gave a statement in the opening of her show

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Julia Hartley-Brewer has spoken out over the reports of an incident with Sir Michael Fallon. 

The Defence Secretary has apologised after he repeatedly put his hand on Julia's knee at an event in 2002. 

Our host released a statement on Twitter about the reports, explaining what had happened and how she had "calmly and politely" threatened to punch him if he did it again, to which he promptly ceased.

Once The Sun newspaper had identified the minister as Sir Michael Fallon in a report on Monday, Julia posted a follow-up tweet to refer people back to her original statement.

At the opening of her show, she spoke out about the reports. 

Julia said: "Do I think I’m a victim of harassment ? No I don't and neither do most the women I know."

The talkRADIO presenter said the Westminster sex pest story only started following allegations against Harvey Weinstein but "that’s not what we’re hearing in Westminster which is why I didn’t want to be a part of what I think is currently a witch hunt."

She added that after hearing others like MP Rupa Haq making allegations about similar incidents if someone touching your knee "is the worst story you’ve got to tell of your working career, wow don’t we live in a great time". She added: "things aren’t getting worse – they’re not even as bad as they were."

Julia also revealed when she found herself on the front pages of newspapers she had to email her "parents first thing in the morning to warn them."

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