Police charge second man, 24, with common assault after Chris Whitty was accosted as he walked through park in London
A second man has been charged with common assault after England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty was accosted as he walked through a central London park.
Jonathan Chew, 24, of no fixed address, was charged on Monday with common assault and obstructing police and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, the Metropolitan Police said.
Chew, 24, and his friend Lewis Hughes, 23, filmed themselves grabbing the Government’s top medical adviser as he walked through St James’ Park on Sunday June 27.
Hughes, who has been fired from his job at Caplen Estates Agents following the backlash will now appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 30.
Officers spoke to Prof Whitty, who did not suffer any injuries, and checked his welfare.
Footage of the incident, lasting around 20 seconds, was shared on social media.
The viral video received widespread condemnation, including from Home Secretary Priti Patel and Prime Minister Boris Johnson – who labelled the pair ‘thugs’.
Chew (left, and right in the video with Whitty) said he has ADHD and autism and said their interaction with Prof Whitty seemed like a good idea at the time. He also claimed the pair only wanted a selfie and meant no harm
Hughes, 23, (left, and right in the video) was fired from Caplen Estates Agents after the clip of him and friend Jonathan Chew, also 24, with the Chief Medical Officer found its way to his boss