Fox says late star groped her in a restaurant bathroom in 1985
Samantha Fox has accused late actor and singer David Cassidy of sexual assault.
Cassidy found fame in the 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family in his role as Keith Partridge. He died last month (November 21) following kidney and liver failure.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Fox has alleged that Cassidy groped her in a restaurant bathroom in 1985 during a video shoot for his single ‘Romance’.
Fox said that she was washing her hands when Cassidy allegedly “came storming in” and “pushed me up against the wall”.
Former glamour model-turned-pop star Fox added: “His hands were all over me. I shouted: ‘Get off me, David!’ in an attempt to stop him. But instead, he just stuck his tongue into my mouth and shoved a hand under my skirt, while the other kept a firm grip on one of my breasts.”
“I reacted quickly and instinctively by bringing my knee upwards, striking him right in the balls… then I elbowed him in the face.”
Fox also claimed that Cassidy “had an erection” as she posed semi-nude for a photoshoot. “Whenever he pressed himself against me, I could clearly feel his dick,” she said.
Cassidy’s death was confirmed last month by his family, who said in a statement: “David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long.”
Cassidy rose to fame in his role in The Partridge Family, which aired from 1970 to 1974. The sitcom – which saw Cassidy play Keith Partridge, a member of a family who formed a rock and roll band – also launched his subsequent pop career, which saw the release of a number of hit albums and singles.
His third album, ‘Dreams Are Nuthin’ More Than Wishes’, hit number one in the UK in 1973, and he would go on to sell over 30 million records worldwide.
In more recent years, Cassidy had made headlines after being arrested for driving under the influence on three separate occasions, forcing him to enter rehab as part of his sentence in 2014. Cassidy also filed for bankruptcy in 2015.
Earlier this year, Cassidy revealed that he was battling dementia – which forced him to stop touring.