Kirstie Allsopp has revealed she was sexually assaulted by a work colleague but then threatened with a written warning for telling him to ‘f*** off’.
The Location Location Location star confided to Question Time viewers about the incident 25 years ago but warned it was still happening today, saying: ‘It’s abuse of power needs to be stamped out’.
But Ms Allsopp, 46, took a swipe at PC-companies who are banning the use of the word of ‘darling’ at work and slammed claims it constitutes sexual harassment.
The Location Location Location star confided to Question Time viewers about the incident 25 years ago but warned ‘abuse of power’ was still happening today
The television presenter described the incident during the BBC current affairs show last night.
She said: ’25 years ago when I was selling classified sales I guy came up to me at the coffee machine and did a pelvic thrust behind me and I turned round and told him to eff off at the top of my voice.
‘And I was the one that ended up with a threat of a written warning. Not him.’
Ms Allsopp, a mother-of-two, insisted that sexual harassment was ‘about power’ rather than sex.
‘At the time I thought it was grossly unfair and I’d like to think 25 years on that wouldn’t happen, but, this is about power,’ she said.
‘I rang a friend this morning and she said that “of all the things that have happened to me it has never been a member of staff that was junior to me”.
The television presenter described the incident during the BBC current affairs show last night on a panel that included Education Secretary Justine Greening and Labour MP Stella Creasy
‘This isn’t about sex this is about power. It’s about people who are senior to people and exercising control over them.
‘And when it happens you remember it forever, and I am quite a robust person and I am quite capable of telling people to eff off and I remember it’.
But after discussing her own experience, the star went on to attack PC companies who ban the use of affectionate terms for colleagues.
She used a diversity document sent by a production company she works for as an example of this over-zealous approach.
But after discussing her own experience, the star(pictured on Location Location Location with co-presenter Phil Spencer) went on to attack PC companies who ban the use of affectionate terms for colleagues
‘It said use of the affectionate terms such as darling will constitute sexual harassment and I rang the HR department and I said that was wrong,’ she said.
‘I don’t think the use of the word darling does constitute sexual harassment and I’m still battling them about it.
‘This issue is about power not about the banter we all need in our lives. [It’s] abuse of power needs to be stamped out.’