Masseur at top beauty salon cleared of sexually assaulting 18 women

A St John’s Wood masseur accused of sexually assaulting 18 women including a former employee of Sir Paul McCartney was yesterday (Thursday) cleared of all charges.

Daniel Pytlarz, 35, was accused of groping his customers at the upmarket Violet Clinic Body and Skincare Spa while his wife Urszula manned the reception desk upstairs.

Prosecutors had claimed his victims included a teenage girl who visited the clinic for a 17th birthday treat, a top music producer, and a woman who worked for the former Beatle.

The masseur, who lives in Abercorn Place, was alleged to have committed the offences between March 2009 and April 2011.

But Mr Pytlarz insisted that although he might have inadvertently touched clients, he had never sexually assaulted anyone.

He told a jury at Southwark Crown Court that he was “shocked and angry” with the allegations levelled against him and said he was a happily married man.

Yesterday he was cleared of 14 charges of sexual assault and seven counts of assault by penetration.

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While Mr Pytlarz and his wife stood together outside the court, his solicitor Beverly Hamblin said: “Mr Pytlarz and his wife are relieved at the outcome.

“Mr Pytlarz has always maintained his innocence and he is pleased to have at last been vindicated.”

Eleanor Laws QC, defending, claimed that at least five of the 18 witnesses had given accounts that had “grown with the telling”.

Others, she said, had not reported any form of sexual assault until they were contacted by detectives investigating Mr Pytlarz.

“He has an awful lot to lose,’ she told the jury.

“This is a man who has worked extremely hard and the two things that mattered most to him were his wife and getting on in his work.

“He did nothing professionally that was not geared to becoming a success.”

The Polish national came to the UK in 2002 and opened the clinic six years later after learning that celebrities including Madonna attended fitness classes elsewhere in St John’s Wood.

He told the jury he was a personal trainer to Italian socialite Nancy Dell’Olio who he used to give regular massages to before his arrest.

Giving evidence in court, Pytlarz’s wife Urszula said: “I never saw anything that would give me the smallest concern that something was not right.”