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Richard Branson Accused of Sexual Assault by Joss Stone’s Backup Singer; Says He Has ‘No Recollection’ of Incident

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Richard Branson has become the latest prominent figure in the industry to be accused of sexual assault. Speaking with The Sun, Antonia Jenae — a backup singer for British songstress Joss Stone — claims the Virgin CEO sexually assaulted her during a party on his private island in the British Virgin Islands in 2010, when he “motorboated” her cleavage while making engine noises. “His behaviour was disgusting. I feel like it was sexual assault,” she said. “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.”

Although Jenae claims many people witnessed the sexual assault, Branson’s representatives have issued a statement that denies any wrongdoing on his part. “Everyone appeared to enjoy their time,” the statement reads, according to The Telegraph. “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.”

Richard Branson Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault