Sir Richard Branson Responds To Allegedly 'Motorboating' Singer

Sir Richard Branson has apologised after facing accusations of sexual misconduct towards Joss Stone's backing singer Antonia Jenae.

Jenae alleged to The Sun that the Virgin founder had 'motorboated' her in 2010, rubbing his face in her breasts and 'begging her to go topless' at a party on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands.

She told the newspaper: "His behaviour was disgusting. I feel like it was sexual assault.

The incident is alleged to have taken place at Branson's home on Necker Island. Credit: PA Images

"We were by the bar and he was saying bye to everyone. He came up to me and put his face in my breasts.

"He went 'brrrrrr' and just walked away. It was surreal, totally out of the blue. Joss and I were like, 'What the hell was that?!' Everyone was wondering why I wasn't angry because I'm usually a firebrand. But I was just too shocked."

The mum-of-two claimed that though the billionaire had been drinking he 'did not seem drunk'. She claimed she was speaking up now, following multiple allegation of abuses of power in Hollywood, most notably by producer Harvey Weinstein.

A spokesman for Virgin Management apologised on Branson's behalf and said that he had no recollection of the incident.

"Joss Stone, members of her family and band were invited to Necker in June 2010. Everyone appeared to enjoy their time," the spokesman said.

Credit: PA Images

"Richard has no recollection of this matter. Neither do his family and friends who were with him at the time. There would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable. Richard apologises if anyone felt that way."

The allegations come as women continue to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein and other prominent men - as well as women across the globe using the #MeToo hashtag to emphasise how common and accepted sexual assault is.

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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