Moment Helen Skelton is ‘groped’ on live TV while she was pregnant by darts player nicknamed The Boss – who claims ‘it was nothing more than a friendly slap on the bottom’

This is the moment presenter Helen Skelton was ‘groped’ live on TV while she was pregnant.

Ms Skelton, who stars in BBC1’s Countryfile and fronts the BBC’s swimming coverage, said the incident happened during a sporting event in 2015.  The 34-year-old mother-of-two said she felt ‘really awkward’ but was too intimidated to complain.

It’s believed the incident she was referring to happened while interviewing Scottish darts player, Ross Montgomery, live on BT Sport, at the BDO World Darts Championship in Hampshire.

A video posted online at the time appears to show Ms Skelton looking irked, after Mr Montgomery touches her behind.

The darts player – nicknamed ‘The Boss’ – today told MailOnline: ‘She wasn’t groped. It was nothing more than a friendly slap on the bottom.

A video posted online at the time appears to show Ms Skelton looking irked, after Mr Montgomery touches her behind

It’s believed the incident she was referring to happened while interviewing Scottish darts player, Ross Montgomery, live on BT Sport, at the BDO World Darts Championship in Hampshire

A video posted online at the time appears to show Ms Skelton looking irked, after Mr Montgomery touches her behind

A video posted online at the time appears to show Ms Skelton looking irked, after Mr Montgomery touches her behind

Ms Skelton (pictured today at Gatwick Aiport), who stars in BBC1's Countryfile and fronts the BBC 's swimming coverage, said the incident happened during a sporting event in 2015
The 34-year-old mother-of-two said she felt 'really awkward' but was too intimidated to complain

Ms Skelton (pictured today at Gatwick Aiport), who stars in BBC1’s Countryfile and fronts the BBC ‘s swimming coverage, said the incident happened during a sporting event in 2015

Ross Montgomery – nicknamed ‘the boss’ - today told MailOnline: ‘She wasn’t groped. It was nothing more than a friendly slap on the bottom'

Ross Montgomery – nicknamed ‘the boss’ – today told MailOnline: ‘She wasn’t groped. It was nothing more than a friendly slap on the bottom’

‘I was spoken to at the time. She was apologised to and she didn’t make a big deal of it.

‘But using the word grope, that’s a bit much. My wife was in the crowd and it wasn’t a grope.’

Ms Skelton previously told the Telegraph: ‘Basically, this guy grabbed me on the a*** when I was presenting live telly. I felt really awkward about it. I was pregnant at the time as well.

‘I didn’t really know what to do. It’s intimidating and you don’t want to be the person who is being difficult and awkward. That’s just the culture that television breeds.

‘No one wants to be difficult. You want to bring solutions, not problems. We are all Happy, happy…’

Ms Skelton, who is married to professional rugby player Richie Myler, did not go into further detail about the incident or what programme she was presenting.

But she did reveal her fellow presenter Colin Murray reacted furiously and the man was disciplined.

She said she was happy with how it was handled and there was a line drawn under the incident.

Helen Skelton, pictured here presenting the BBC's swimming coverage in July last year, claims she was groped on live TV in 2015 by a man she was interviewing while pregnant

Helen Skelton, pictured here presenting the BBC’s swimming coverage in July last year, claims she was groped on live TV in 2015 by a man she was interviewing while pregnant

Ms Skelton, pictured here with her husband Richie Myler, and who stars in BBC1's Countryfile and fronts the BBC's swimming coverage, said the incident happened during a sporting event in 2015

Ms Skelton, pictured here with her husband Richie Myler, and who stars in BBC1’s Countryfile and fronts the BBC’s swimming coverage, said the incident happened during a sporting event in 2015

Earlier this month, Ms Skelton was axed from the BBC's Commonwealth Games coverage, allegedly over her 'risque' outfits, such as this dress worn during the 2016 Olympic Games

Earlier this month, Ms Skelton was axed from the BBC’s Commonwealth Games coverage, allegedly over her ‘risque’ outfits, such as this dress worn during the 2016 Olympic Games

She told the newspaper she was speaking out to alert people to the problems some women find in speaking up about situations at work through embarrassment.

However she also said she felt the #MeToo movement needs ‘a bit of perspective’, adding ‘we are getting too wound up about it all, and losing the ability to actually change things’.

Ms Skelton’s CV includes stints on Newsround and Blue Peter and she was part of the BBC’s 2016 Olympic Games coverage.

During the interview with the Telegraph, she also touched upon the corporation’s gender pay gap.

Skelton, 34 and a mother-of-two, said she felt 'really awkward' but was too intimidated to complain

Skelton, 34 and a mother-of-two, said she felt ‘really awkward’ but was too intimidated to complain

Ms Skelton also spoke about the gender pay gap at the BBC and said the industry was 'unfair'

Ms Skelton also spoke about the gender pay gap at the BBC and said the industry was ‘unfair’

She said the entertainment industry was ‘unfair’ but if she did not sign her contract, there would be others queuing up behind her who would.

Earlier this month Ms Skelton was axed from the BBC’s Commonwealth Games coverage allegedly over her ‘revealing’ dresses.

Ms Skelton also spoke about how having children has changed her relationship with her body, which she said she is less happy with in an aesthetic sense, but now views as ‘more functional’.

The presenter, who will take on Love Island star Camilla Thurlow in the boxing ring for Sport Relief next week, said her children, Ernie, two, and Louis, who will soon turn one, are her priority, but that they won’t be ringside to see their mother box.

The games are scheduled to take place next month.

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