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Celebrity masseur Daniel Pytlarz cleared of sex attacks

A masseur with celebrity clients has been cleared of sexual assaults on 18 women in his north-west London salon.

Daniel Pytlarz, of St John's Wood, who denied 14 charges of sexual assault and seven counts of assault by penetration, was found not guilty by a jury.

Sir Paul McCartney cancelled his appointment at the spa after an ex-employee accused Mr Pytlarz of sexually assaulting her, the trial was told.

The 35-year-old masseur has been practising for 13 years.

The alleged incidents were said to have taken place between March 2009 and September 2011.

Celebrity clients

Southwark Crown Court heard that Mr Pytlarz, of Abercorn Place, allegedly sexually assaulted a former employee of Sir Paul in December 2009, the day before the singer, his then girlfriend and daughter were due to have their treatments at The Violet Clinic.

The singer and his family subsequently cancelled the booking after the employee told them about the alleged incident.

The masseur told the court that he had met Sir Paul's daughter Mary and treated classical pianist James Rhodes.

He said he had treated Nancy Dell'Olio, the then partner of former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, shortly before his arrest.

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