Larry King has threatened to file a lawsuit against “Daily Mail TV” over allegations that he groped Terry Richard.
Richard, the ex-wife of singer Eddie Fisher, told “Daily Mail TV” on Monday that King touched her inappropriately in 2005 by putting his hand down the back of her backless dress as they were taking a photo together at a baseball awards dinner. She said did not know what to do, so she just smiled.
“I didn’t want to cause a scene in front of everyone,” Richard said. “My reaction was to slap him in his face but he was the guest speaker. It was awful.”
She also claimed the television host grabbed her butt so vigorously at another baseball event the following year that she had a bruise.
“Larry groped me in front of everyone where I couldn’t say anything,” she said. “He gets a thrill doing this in front of the camera, knowing I couldn’t do anything.”
Richard doubts that she’s the only one King has done this to. She believes he has been getting away with this for a long time.
These incidents may have happened over a decade ago, but Richard said they affect to this day. She explained that she worries about getting groped every time she takes a photo with a man.
Richard added that she does not want money from King, but that she would appreciate an apology. She said she’s not sure if King even remembers the incident and that he needs to take responsibility for his actions.
She added that she was inspired to come forward by other brave women who had the courage to speak out, including Taylor Swift, who took the DJ who groped her to court and won.
“It needs to stop. I have son and I’ve taught him how to be respectful toward women,” Richard said.
King has denied these allegations and his lawyer send a letter to “Daily Mail TV.”
“We represent Larry King. I am informed that you intend to publish a statement by a woman named Terry Richards that, 10 or more years ago, Mr. King supposedly ‘groped’ her at one or more baseball dinners,” the letter read. “That assertion is entirely and unequivocally false and defamatory. Mr. King did no such thing then or ever. Your publishing this false and defamatory statement will be actionable and highly damaging.”
King is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misconduct. Just in October, Harvey Weinstein lost his job at his company after several women accused him of rape and sexual assault.
Weinstein denied the allegations of non consensual sex, but apologized if the way he behaved in the past has caused any of his colleagues pain.