Chris Croucher Biography Chris Croucher Wiki
An award-winning Downton Abbey producer Chris Croucher with terminal cancer was spared jail for opening his pants to engage in s*x behind a woman after she repeatedly denied his s*xual advances, a court heard.
Chris Croucher Age
Chris Croucher, 39, made a series of bad strides on the woman during a Christmas party around Soho on December 18, 2019.
Fired on alcohol and cocaine, Croucher tried to kiss her and repeatedly requested a foursome, Southwark Crown Court heard.
The screenwriter, who worked on films with Hollywood A-listener Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Kirsten Dunst, appeared in court via video link.
Croucher, who was told the court had terminal cancer, was spared jail after admitting to s*xual and frequent assaults.
However, the defendant was given a joint injunction, a three-month curfew, and was instructed to sign the s*x offender register.
Prosecutor Iestyn Morgan said Croucher rubbed several bottles of rose wine over lunch in the group before the party visited several bars in Soho, including the Quo Vadis members’ club.
When the group reduced to just four people – the two victims, Mr. Croucher and another man – he tried to kiss his victim.
But she pulled back and made it clear that his advances were not welcome, the court heard.
“When they left Quo Vadis, he leaned on her and held her hand,” said Mr. Morgan.
“He said in her ear he wanted to have s*x with her.”
The producer got progressively drunk as the evening wore on, and when he missed his train home, Croucher started touching the victim in the elevator.
He was told to retire, but he continued to ask the women for a threesome or a foursome.
“He was joking, but it also seemed serious,” said Mr. Morgan. The victim got up, but he followed her. He took off his top, pressed her against the wall and said, “Let’s have s*x.”
Mr Croucher continued to make explicit s*xual comments before the second woman told him not to speak to her like that.
When [the victim] leaned over to get her phone, Mr. Croucher was standing behind her.
He is described as [performing a s*xual act] or touching himself while the victim bent down in front of him. Her friend yelled at him to stop. ‘
As the victim pushed past him and tried to leave, he tried to follow her, and she eventually had to hide in a shop when she saw him stumble her outside.
“Since his pants were open, he was too slow to follow her, she escaped,” said the prosecutor.
The court heard Croucher shake the second woman violently as she tried to help him into a taxi.
In an impact statement, the s*xual assault victim said she had had difficulty maintaining friendships or trusting men since the incident.
She described how she was plagued with mental health problems, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts about that night.
Francesca Levett, who defended herself, said that while her client did not remember much of the evening, he apologized unconditionally to both women.
The attorney said Croucher was “ashamed” and “shocked” by his behavior during the incident.
Ms. Levett said that Croucher, who later moved to Alcoholics Anonymous, added, “He is thoroughly ashamed and has since done his best to remedy the situation.”
The attorney added that Croucher had now lost his job and was in need of benefits.
Croucher, who had missed several previous hearings for health reasons, now suffered from “terminal” cancer with tumors in the heart and lungs.
“His only option now is palliative care,” Ms. Levett said.
Judge Philip Bartle, QC, said the victims’ impact statement was made for “ghastly” reading and that Croucher acted like a “s*x pest” that night in question.
Croucher worked on the Emmy award-winning show Downton Abbey and The Other Boleyn Girl with Scarlett Johnasson and Natalie Portman.
He was also an Associate Director at Wimbledon with Paul Bethany and Kirsten Dunst.
Croucher of Haselemere, Surrey, admitted s*xual assault and joint assault.
He was given a 12-month joint appointment with a three-month curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. and orders to continue attending his AA meetings.
The judge also placed him on the se* offender registry for five years.