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Countdown’s Rachel Riley says fan groped her while they posed for picture

Mum of two Rachel Riley says she was groped by an audience member of Countdown while she was backstage at the Channel 4 show

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Rachel Riley has said she was groped by a Countdown fan while she was backstage at the Channel 4 quiz show.

The maths whizz, who is currently expecting her second child, has been the number expert on Countdown since 2009.

Speaking to The Sun she said: “This married couple came up to me and the lady said ‘oh my husband really likes watching you, do you mind if we just…’ and he squeezed my arse.

“I didn’t know what to do with myself.

“I was a bit shocked and stood back and they didn’t get invited back to the audience.

“You get the odd a**e grabber.”

Rachel is currently expecting her second baby with Strictly Come Dancing professional Pasha Kovalev.








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The couple already have a daughter Maven, who will be two in December.

The star revealed earlier this year that she was standing strong against internet trolls after revealing she had blocked more than 1,500 insulting Twitter users.

The 35 year old said she wants “be a role model” for people and to speak out against the disgusting online behaviour.








Rachel and Pasha Kovalev are expecting their second child together
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Rachel’s baby is due soon
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“They were so abusive,” she said. “I’ve developed a thick skin but now I never see a lot of things, even nice stuff, which is a shame because I used to use Twitter to help children with maths homework.”

As she prepares to welcome her second child into the world Rachel has voiced her concerns about her children growing up in a media-dominated world.

The star admitted she had received a torrent of abuse on social media after sharing a picture of her family on her one year wedding anniversary.

Rachel said: “I needed to find my self-esteem from something within me, rather than from people telling me I’m wearing a nice dress.”

Earlier this month the maths whizz confirmed that she had finished work ahead of her due date as she shared a message on Twitter to celebrate her final day on Countdown before her family grows.







The couple welcomed their daughter Maven in 2019



The star will still appear on-screen until December as there is a delay between the show being filmed after that and Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon will fill in for Rachel until she returns from maternity leave.

Sharing a farewell message, the former Strictly star said: “Well that’s it from me, I’ve officially finished filming to pop a baby out!

“You’re stuck with me on screen till December when the totally amazing @aimafidonwill be keeping the numbers in line till I’m back next year! Hope you have loads of fun Anne-Marie, best of luck lovely!”

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