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Richard Branson ‘motorboated’ breasts, singer claims

Sir Richard Branson allegedly buried his face in a singer’s breasts on his private Caribbean island. Picture: Craig Greenhill
Sir Richard Branson allegedly buried his face in a singer’s breasts on his private Caribbean island. Picture: Craig Greenhill

A SINGER told how Sir Richard Branson stuck his head in her boobs at a boozy party.

Antonia Jenae says the billionaire shook his face in her cleavage and made a boat engine noise.

Antonia said: "His behaviour was disgusting. I feel like it was sexual assault."

The Sun reports superstar Joss Stone was with stunned onlookers who saw Sir Richard Branson "motorboat" backing singer, Antonia Jenae, by sticking his face in her boobs and shaking it vigorously while blowing raspberries, it was claimed.

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Antonia Jenae says she was 'sexually assaulted' by Richard Branson. Picture: Facebook
Antonia Jenae says she was 'sexually assaulted' by Richard Branson. Picture: Facebook

Antonia, 44, says the Virgin boss also begged her to go topless at a party on his Necker Island.

Branson, 67, had invited Joss and her band to his Caribbean home after they played the Go Green festival on nearby Tortola.

Mum-of-two Antonia said: "We were by the bar and he was saying bye to everyone. He came up to me and put his face in my breasts.

"He went 'brrrrrr' and just walked away. It was surreal, totally out of the blue. Joss and I were like, 'What the hell was that?!' Everyone was wondering why I wasn't angry because I'm usually a firebrand. But I was just too shocked."

The singer said she and Joss, 30, recorded a video shortly after to capture their astonishment.

Antonia, from Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, said Branson had been drinking but did not seem drunk.

Richard Branson assessing the damage after Hurricane Irma hit Necker Island in September. Source: Twitter
Richard Branson assessing the damage after Hurricane Irma hit Necker Island in September. Source: Twitter

He was in a T-shirt and trunks, while Antonia, a backing singer for Joss for more than ten years, wore a dress over her bikini.

She added: "We'd spent the day chilling out, touring the island. We had lunch and dinner.

"We were in the pool and there was a big, beautiful statue of a goddess there with her boobs out.

"Richard Branson tried to get me to show him my boobs and I said: 'No!' I was wearing a one-piece swimsuit and at the time I was very heavy chested."

A representative for Joss last night declined to comment.

But a source confirmed that the singer did remember the incident.

They said: "It was a hell of a party. Richard made a bit of a beeline for Antonia. Something definitely went on between them.

"She didn't say what it was, or if she'd been upset. But undeniably they had a physical encounter."

Jenae was a backup singer for Joss Stone. Picture: Getty
Jenae was a backup singer for Joss Stone. Picture: Getty

Antonia claims the next day Branson's assistant invited her to use his private jet to fly to the US.

She shared the plane, dubbed the Galactic Girl, with the tycoon and his wife Joan.

Antonia, married to Sean Woods, 47, for 13 years, said: "It was the most awkward ride to Miami. He was asking about my husband. There wasn't a lot of conversation. I didn't tell my husband when I got home. I wasn't sure what to say!"

She later told her mum and a pal about the 2010 party.

But she did not speak out publicly in detail despite naming Branson on Facebook.

The Sun has seen her post from October 2016. It said: "Women are coming forward. I believe them. It happened to me. By Sir Richard Branson. In front of the international singer I worked for."

Says she is speaking out in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations that have rocked Hollywood. Picture: Facebook
Says she is speaking out in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations that have rocked Hollywood. Picture: Facebook

Antonia says she is now speaking out following the Hollywood sex scandal. She added: "This needs to stop. I want everyone else to know what Richard Branson did.

"I don't want him to do this to anyone else. He is a man in a powerful position."

A Virgin Management spokesman said: "Joss Stone, members of her family and band were invited to Necker in June 2010. Everyone appeared to enjoy their time.

Richard has no recollection of this matter. Neither do his family and friends who were with him at the time. There would never have been any intention to offend or make anyone feel uncomfortable. Richard apologises if anyone felt that way."

Joss's dad Richard Stoker was among the guests. He said: "Joss and the group had a wonderful afternoon. Everybody entered into the party spirit. It was wonderful getting to know Richard and his family."

This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished here with permission.

Topics:  richard branson sexual harassment virgin



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