Samantha Fox is defending herself amid backlash over her new allegations that David Cassidy sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago. The 51-year-old English pop singer, best known for her 1986 hit “Touch Me (I Want Your Body),” recently told the Daily Star Sunday that Cassidy sexually assaulted her during a video shoot for his 1985 single, “Romance.”
In the new interview, Fox alleged Cassidy cornered her in a bathroom during a dinner at a Chelsea restaurant and that he pushed her against the wall and groped her, touching her breasts and shoving his hands under her skirt. Fox claims she elbowed Cassidy in the face and kicked him in the groin in order to get him away from her.
Samantha Fox, who was 19-years-old at the time of the alleged incident, also claims the then-35-year-old David Cassidy purposely prolonged their semi-nude photo shoot for his comeback video and that he “had an erection the entire time – something he did absolutely nothing to hide.”
The singer and former topless model made her revelations about Cassidy in conjunction with the release of her first autobiography, titled Forever, but the timing has many of the late Partridge Family star’s fans fuming. David Cassidy died less than three weeks ago of liver and kidney failure, and some are wondering why Fox would come out with this story now. In fact, many people are now slamming Samantha Fox, pegging her as a has-been who was likely spurned by the Partridge Family superstar.
Angry fans took to social media to blast Fox, with many questioning why she waited until now — 32 years after the alleged attack and just days after Cassidy’s death — to make the allegations public.
“He can’t defend or admit these allegations now,” one fan tweeted. “Awful timing, especially for his family!”
Many others called Fox out for her ill-timed allegations.
But Samantha Fox is adamant her story about David Cassidy is not a new one. Amid the social media firestorm, the singer took to Twitter herself to explain that she wrote about the alleged incident more than a year ago in her book and that she is not riding on the coattails of David’s untimely death. Fox even pointed to the press for “picking up” on the chapter due to the rampant sexual assault allegations that are currently sweeping through the entertainment industry.
“Just to let you all know, my book was completed a year ago,” Samantha wrote.
“I am not jumping on the bandwagon!…My book is so much more than this story, but the press obviously picked up on that chapter as it’s so topical at this moment! R.I.P. David Cassidy.”
David Cassidy died on November 21 at age 67. The late singer’s family has not commented on Samantha Fox’s allegations against him.