Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HEADLINE SPLASH SUBDECK TO GO HERE IN THIS SPACE Huhne's Girl: I Fought off Sex Beast in Minicab; EXCLUSIVE ACTRESS SPEAKS OUT TO WARN WOMEN OF DANGERI Headbutted Driver to Flee Sex Assault in Unlicensed Minicab, Says Huhne's Girl

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HEADLINE SPLASH SUBDECK TO GO HERE IN THIS SPACE Huhne's Girl: I Fought off Sex Beast in Minicab; EXCLUSIVE ACTRESS SPEAKS OUT TO WARN WOMEN OF DANGERI Headbutted Driver to Flee Sex Assault in Unlicensed Minicab, Says Huhne's Girl

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Byline: Benedict Moore-Bridger

THE daughter of ex-Cabinet minister Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce today told how she headbutted an unlicensed taxi driver who was trying to sexually assault her.

Lydia Huhne, 24, said the man stopped his car, clambered into the back and locked the doors. She said she "saw red" and fought back, forcing him to let her out. The actress told the Standard the terrifying incident left her "retching from shock" but she wanted to speak out to raise awareness of the dangers women face.

The incident took place at 1.30am as she made her way home from friend's party at a nightclub in Clapham, a short distance from her home.

She had wanted to leave as she was "quite merry" and wanted to "avoid embarrassment", so a bouncer hailed a car for her. Ms Huhne said the driver -- described as a stocky Afro-Caribbean -- stopped a short distance away and locked the doors. She said: "He clambered into the back, bounded, really. He started touching my face, which was most scary, then my boob.

"I just saw red and headbutted him in the middle of the face. He sort of recoiled, and then I yelled he better let me out of the car because I had a Stanley knife and would be forced to use it -- I don't know where that came from.

"He started to laugh and opened the doors and I just ran out." She said as soon as she got home to her boyfriend, she started being violently sick.

"He was really worried. He'd never seen me like that. It was very scary. I don't know if the driver thought I'm some young drunk girl on her own. I'm quite fit because of my job. It could have been much worse."

" The Rada-trained actress, who helps run the Burnt Out Theatre company, added: "I'm not a violent person, I'veContinued from Page 1 never even been in a fight before. I'd been in rehearsal that day and we were talking about physical actions in time of need and someone mentioned headbutting. …

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