According to the court, a top ballet dancer grabbed students under the guise of sports massages.
A court heard Tuesday that a top ballet dancer assaulted adolescent students under the guise of sports massages.
Yat-Sen Chang, the English National Ballet’s lead dancer, is claimed to have trained four young ladies. The jury was told that the 51-year-old globally known entertainer, whom “everyone admired,” would give them progressively invasive massages. Chang “used his position to conduct sexual offences against young students in his care,” according to prosecutor Joel Smith. The females, aged 16 to 18, were “star struck” by Chang, who “used his position to commit sexual offences against young students in his care.”
Chang claimed that he assumed his celebrity would protect him from being apprehended.
The massages were allegedly utilized as a means of touching the girls’ bottoms, breasts, and genitals. He’s also accused of luring a student to a hotel room, but she ran as he went into “creepy mode.”
On another occasion, he walked into the female changing facilities and tried to push himself on a student who was in the shower.
She allegedly yelled “no, no, what are you doing, no” at Isleworth Crown Court in west London. He “seemed to enjoy her struggle” and “sort of laughed,” she added.
He’s also accused of pinning her to the ground and rubbing his hands against her. When she went to his house for help putting together a showreel DVD, he allegedly touched her inappropriately.
Between 2009 and 2016, Chang stood in the dock, dressed in a dark blue blazer and a tartan scarf, to face 12 counts of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration. The pupils were either studying at the Young Dancers Academy in Shepherd’s Bush, west London, or were preparing to join the English National Ballet, which was based in Knightsbridge at the time. Chang, who now resides in Germany, has denied all of the allegations.
The trial is still ongoing.