Martin Lewis recalls 'scary' encounter with member of public as 'GMB' discuss Chris Whitty harassment

Watch: Martin Lewis recall his 'scary' encounter with member of the public

TV presenter Martin Lewis has admitted he felt "intimidated" about going out in public after a "scary" encounter with a member of the public.

The money saving expert is currently co-hosting Good Morning Britain and while discussing the video of government adviser Chris Whitty being harassed in public - recalled his own intimidating encounter while taking his daughter to the park.

Lewis, 49, revealed: "I will never forget that episode, because it made me intimidated to go down the street. It ruined my day, but also it was a scary. I'm trying to protect her."

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The This Morning guest presenter explained the incident occurred several years ago when his daughter was just three-years-old.

<p>Finance guru Martin Lewis recounted an intimidating encounter he had with a stranger while presenting Good Morning Britain, while discussing Chris Whitty's recent street harassment. Lewis says the man turned nasty after he was approached while taking his infant daughter to the park.</p>
<p>Credit: @GMB Via Twitter / Good Morning Britain / ITV</p>
Martin Lewis said he felt intimidated about being out in public after the incident. (GMB Via Twitter /ITV)

He recalled: "I was walking along the road near the playground, she was on my shoulders, and a man came up to me and said 'You're the money guy aren't you?'. And I said, with a smile on my face, 'Not today, I'm Daddy'.

"Because I've got my little girl and she gets very scared when people that we don't know approach.

"He said, 'I just want to ask you a question.' And I said, 'I'm so sorry, I'm on my way to the playground, we can't do this right now, she gets a little bit intimidated.'

"He started calling me a name that begins with C, and he started following me down the road, shouting at me, 'You are a - you know what the word is - while my three-year-old is on my shoulders. And 'You're nothing like you are on the telly, you're all pretence you - whatever.'

Martin Lewis is co-hosting 'Good Morning Britain' with Susanna Reid. (ITV/Shutterstock)
Martin Lewis is co-hosting 'Good Morning Britain' with Susanna Reid. (ITV/Shutterstock)

"Normally when people come and talk to me in the street I'm always happy to do it. I say hello, I smile, I try and answer a question unless I'm in a rush, I'm always polite and nice.

"But my little girl, understandably, as a child can get very scared when strangers approach and I was very polite."

Lewis admitted : "It is the exception. If I'm out and about and somebody wants a photo and I'm somewhere private with my family I say, 'You can have a photo would but would you mind not sharing it on social media?' And I've never had it happen once that someone's put it on. Most people are wonderful."

Watch: Police investigating after Professor Chris Whitty is accosted in park

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 14: Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Health and Social Care Chris Whitty leaves from a coronavirus press conference on Downing Street in London, United Kingdom on June 14, 2021. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a delay to the final stage of lockdown easing in England, now set for July 19. (Photo by David Cliff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A second video has emerged of Chief Medical Officer for England and government adviser Chris Whitty being harrassed in the street. (Getty Images)

But the financial guru added that he thought perhaps prosecution should be considered for the level of harassment shown in the video of Professor Chris Whitty that emerged this week.

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Lewis said: "But what we actually have to do, is the people who don't have respect, we do perhaps need to prosecute them."

This is not the first time England's chief medical officer, Whitty, has been shown being harassed in the street.

In February, a video uploaded to TikTok showed him being subjected to verbal abuse in the street.