WEAKEST LINK HOST Anne Robinson has said that former Taoiseach Charles J Haughey tried to grope her in 1969.
In an interview with The Guardian on the issue of sexual harassment in the TV industry, Robinson has discussed her past experiences along with her daughter Emma Wilson.
Robinson said that when she got her first job in the Daily Mail the term ‘sexual harassment’ didn’t exist. She recalled one particular incident when she was 25:
Looking back, we used to keep lists of men who weren’t safe in taxis, “NST”, and those who were “NSL”, not safe in lifts, they were a bit quicker with their hands than NSTs.
I think my best experience was with Charlie Haughey, who was then Ireland’s Minister of Justice*. I like to imagine he went to his grave with my bruises on his hands after he tried to grope me during the 1969 Irish elections.
*Just one thing Anne, Haughey wasn’t Minister of Justice in 1969. He was Finance Minister.
Anne Robinson and her daughter Emma Wilson pictured in 1999 (Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)
Asked by The Sun newspaper about the claims Haughey’s daughter Eimear Mulhern has called the remarks “disgusting” and said her father should be “left alone to rest in peace”.
Part one of the documentary series The Outsider details Haughey’s early political life (YouTube/Outis999)