I was groped by a hermit monk as we filmed BBC documentary while the camera crew LAUGHED says Bake Off’s Sue Perkins

  • The presenter, 50, said the experience happened during shooting in Cambodia
  • It is understood that she made no official complaint when the show was filmed  
  • Miss Perkins described the encounter at the Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Broadcaster Sue Perkins has told how she was groped by a hermit monk while filming for a BBC television show – as the camera crew laughed.

The presenter, 50, said the experience happened during shooting in Cambodia for an episode of the 2014 documentary The Mekong River with Sue Perkins.

She recalled how the hermit was supposed to be talking about 'how awful life was under the Khmer Rouge' – but ended up groping her breasts and bottom.

Broadcaster Sue Perkins, 50, has told how she was groped by a hermit monk while filming for a BBC television show in Cambodia

Broadcaster Sue Perkins, 50, has told how she was groped by a hermit monk while filming for a BBC television show in Cambodia

Describing the encounter, Miss Perkins told the Cheltenham Literature Festival: 'I go in and the first thing he does... is he smashes his head against mine...

'And he keeps it there. He keeps it there for about five minutes... Then he puts his hands on my shoulders and whispers something. I thought what an incredible experience this wise man is.'

But the next thing was, she said, 'His hands go down and to my waist... Then they moved round and really firmly, very firmly, just, on my j**s... 

'Then... he was on my a*** for five minutes and then I was just saying "thank you, namaste".' 

Miss Perkins said the hermit, who then winked, was an 'absolute a******e'.

She recalled how the hermit was supposed to be talking about 'how awful life was under the Khmer Rouge' – but ended up groping her breasts and bottom

She recalled how the hermit was supposed to be talking about 'how awful life was under the Khmer Rouge' – but ended up groping her breasts and bottom

She added: 'But when we were in there, my mate and the camera crew were crying with laughter...

'At the end, he cut the interview short, groped me again and then went 'call me'.'

Miss Perkins, who co-hosted The Great British Bake Off from 2010 to 2016, was appearing to promote her book East of Croydon. 

The BBC said it was unable to comment.

It is understood no complaint was made by Miss Perkins when the show was filmed. 

Sue Perkins says she was groped by monk as she filmed BBC documentary

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