Brave woman fights off aggressive sex pest who forced way into pub toilet

A woman has told of a horrifying situation where a drunk and “aggressive” man broke into her toilet cubicle while she was still in it.

Francesca Stracqualursi was at London's Truman's Social Club on Saturday night with her husband and two friends.

It was nearing midnight, and she had gone to the toilet.

The 42-year-old told MyLondon: “Several of the cubicles were available, and I saw a man standing outside one of the cubicles.

“I didn't really think anything of it – I assumed he was talking to a friend who was inside the toilet or waiting for his girlfriend.

“I went to the loo and somebody started knocking and knocking on the door. I hurried up and opened the door.

“He pushed himself inside the cubicle with me and closed the door behind him.

“By the time I went back with security, there were two women chatting at the sink about how a guy had just tried to get into one of their cubicles.”

The man was so drunk that Mrs Stracqualursi managed to push him off, and find security.

She praised the venue staff, who promptly ejected him from the place.

She said: “I don’t want to put the emphasis on drinking, because the drunkenness isn’t the problem. “The problem is being a sex pest.

“People get drunk all the time and don’t harass and intimidate women.”

“I think as a woman you always question yourself – you think, ‘Am I overreacting? Am I making too much of a big deal out of this?’ But I shouldn’t be doubting myself.”

The incident was reported to local police.

A spokesman for the club said: “Our front of house team and security team responded to this incident in a swift, professional and appropriate manner in accordance with the processes and protocols we have in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our guests and team members.

“Since the incident we have spoken with the affected individual and the police and we will continue to provide any support to them which they might require.

“The safety and wellbeing of all our guests is paramount and we are confident that we have all necessary measures in place to ensure this.”

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