A man who was criticised after being filmed apparently accosting Professor Chris Whitty has apologised to the top medic for “any upset I caused”.
Lewis Hughes, from Romford in Essex, said if he made England’s chief medical officer feel “uncomfortable”, then “I am sorry to him for that”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among those to hit out after a video posted online appeared to show Prof Whitty being harassed in a central London park.
The video, which lasts around 20 seconds and was filmed in St James’s Park, shows two grinning men grabbing Prof Whitty as they shout “Oi oi” and say “One photo please?”.
As Prof Whitty attempts to walk away, the men grab him again, while a voice is heard saying “leave the gentleman alone” before the clip ends.
Mr Hughes, a 24-year-old estate agent, said he had lost his job following the incident, telling The Sun: “I absolutely apologise for any upset I caused.
“If I made him feel uncomfortable, which it does look like I did, then I am sorry to him for that.
“He is quite a timid, shy person and I think that is why he didn’t say, ‘Get off me’. If he had said that and I had realised how he felt, I wouldn’t have put my arm round him.”
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