Exposure: Abused and Betrayed by Clement Freud (video)

“Sir Clement Freud, the late politician and broadcaster, has been accused of abusing two girls in the late 1940s and 1970s.

Two women have told ITV Exposure of the abuse they suffered at the hands of Freud, who died in 2009.

Clement freud wedding photo

Sir Clement Freud with his wife Jill Raymond. Credit: PA Archive

Sylvia Woosley said Sir Clement, who was a close family friend and 14 years older than her, initially started to groom her and touch her inappropriately when he lived close to her parents’ house in the South of France, kissing her on the mouth.

He took me to the beach. We went swimming. He took me on the bus and we went up to the mountains to see a friend of his. And he came quite frequently, and he bought me clothes and he bought me presents.

He had a certain power over me which I didn’t understand and because it was something new, and it was a man, and I was desperate for a father’s love.

So it was the first time, aged 10, that a father figure comes into my life…

He’d stroke me and he’d kiss me at the back of the bus on the mouth…It was horrible and I didn’t like it. I was disgusted and upset.


Sylvia was too scared to tell her mother about the abuse and thought her ordeal was over when Sir Clement moved back to the UK a year later.

But when her parents’ marriage broke up when she was 14, she was sent to live with Freud, his new wife and baby daughter and the abuse escalated.”

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