A second man has been charged over a video which emerged showing England’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty being accosted in a park in central London.
A video uploaded to social media showed Mr Whitty looking uncomfortable as two men jostled and grabbed him while trying to persuade him to pose with them. The footage drew widespread condemnation with the Prime Minister expressing shock and Home Secretary Priti Patel describing the incident as “appalling”.
Last week, 23-year-old Lewis Hughes, a former estate agent from Essex, was charged with common assault, prompting questions as to why the second man in the video was not charged. But earlier today Scotland Yard confirmed 24-year-old Jonathan Chew was charged with common assault and obstructing police. He is due at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Lewis Hughes said;
“I absolutely apologise for any upset I caused. If I made him (Professor Whitty) feel uncomfortable, which it does look like I did, then I am sorry to him for that.
Mr Hughes added that he felt “very let down” by the Prime Minister’s comments, saying:
“For him to call me a thug… I actually voted for him as well.”
Jonathan Chew told how he didn’t think the pair had done anything wrong. He said:
“We just saw him and thought ‘that’s the guy from the TV. He’s famous.’ We didn’t mean to cause any harm to him. We just wanted a selfie.”
The two friends had been at an anti-vaccination march in London before spotting the Chief Medical Officer for England.