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16/03/2018 09:14 GMT | Updated 16/03/2018 10:03 GMT

Helen Skelton Shares Her Experiences Of Being 'Groped' Live On Air While Pregnant

'You don’t want to be the person being difficult.. that’s the culture that television breeds.'

TV presenter Helen Skelton has said she was groped by an interviewee, during a live broadcast while covering an undisclosed sporting event in 2014.

Helen, best known for her work on ‘Countryfile’ and as a host on BBC Sports, has admitted she was “intimidated” by the incident, which occurred while she was pregnant with her first son.

Sharing her experience with The Telegraph, she recalled: Basically, this guy grabbed me on the arse when I was presenting live telly. I felt really awkward about it.

“I was pregnant at the time as well. I didn’t really know what to do.”

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Helen Skelton

Revealing that she was hesitant to take the matter any further, wanting to avoid appearing “difficult”, Helen continued: “It’s intimidating and you don’t want to be the person who is being difficult and awkward.

“That’s just the culture that television breeds. No one wants to be difficult. You want to bring solutions, not problems.”

However, she went on to say that when her co-presenter Colin Murray “kicked off” on her behalf, the man responsible was “dealt with”.

Helen added: “It was handled brilliantly because of that. I’d never thought about complaining. I don’t want it to become my identity. The man in question was punished. There was a line drawn under it, and that was that.”

Helen offered no more specifics on when the incident occurred, nor the identity of the man who groped her without her consent.

Helen’s revelation comes at a time when a number of high-profile women have shared their experiences of sexual harassment in the workplace, which has led to the formation of the ‘Time’s Up’ movement.

So far, ‘Time’s Up’ has raised millions of pounds to help cover legal fees for the victims of sexual harassment and abuse, across all industries.