An ex-ballet star strapped sex toys to his body, exposed himself and performed a sex act, while armed with kitchen knives in a busy London park, a court heard.
Royal Ballet School alumnus Felix Wightman, 68, was seen performing sex acts in front of pedestrians in Shepherd’s Bush.
The retired dancer and actor admitted outraging public decency but said he was so drunk and high on drugs that he did not think anyone else was there, reports My London.
But a judge rejected his explanation, remarking the “bizarre behaviour” was “clearly premeditated” as he admitted to taking Viagra before the incident.
Recorder Nicola Shannon said: “What you did was disgusting and disturbing behaviour. It would have been distressing for anyone to observe, particularly if it had been seen by children or young people.
“It was a time of day when you must have expected there to be people around to observe you and it’s clear that is precisely what you were trying to do.
“It is not a fleeting production of your penis or exposure of the genitals, it was sustained sexualised behaviour which you accept was in order to satisfy your sexual desires.
“No one wants to have to explain that to their children.
“People who walk in public areas are entitled to do so without being exposed to other people’s bodies and to sexualised behaviour.”
Wightman also admitted possession of cannabis, possession of cocaine and four counts of possessing a knife.
Isleworth Crown Court heard a member of the public saw Wightman on Shepherds Bush Green at around 9.20pm on the day of the incident over last summer, waving two kitchen knives and revealing his penis to passing traffic.
The court heard the green is in the middle of a busy intersection and surrounded by three or four lanes of traffic taking drivers in and out of the capital.
Police were called and Wightman was caught on CCTV.
When arrested, four kitchen knives and small amounts of cocaine and cannabis were found in his bag and three sex toys were found on his body.
Gurminder Ghuman, defending, said Wightman was feeling isolated during the recent lockdowns as he was having relationship troubles at the time and not feeling sexually satisfied.
The solicitor said these struggles were “bubbling up all at the same time” and Wightman was “heavily intoxicated”, but only “playing at being aggressive”.
The judge said the defendant told arresting officers he was urinating.
She went on to say he was “not completely off his head on drugs” or “falling down drunk” at the time.
Wightman called out from the dock that he had taken Viagra to “make myself feel more sexually aroused”, which, added to the drugs and alcohol, had a “cataclysmic effect on my libido” and energy levels.
He was given an 18-month suspended sentence.
Wightman, who lives in Shepherd’s Bush, was also ordered to pay £500 in prosecution costs and must carry out 20 days of rehabilitation activities.