Keith Lemon actor Leigh Francis has revealed he gets sexually harassed while in public

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Leigh Francis attends The BRIT Awards 2019 held at The O2 Arena on February 20, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Keith Lemon actor Leigh Francis has revealed he gets sexually harassed while out in public.

The 47-year-old Celebrity Juice star has played the character Lemon since he first appeared in Channel 4 comedy show Bo’ Selecta!

The character is known for suggestive comments and bawdy jokes, but Francis has told how many seem to misunderstand Lemon is a character who acts that way for comedic affect.

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The star said he has had situations where he gets grabbed inappropriately and subjected to sexual comments while out in public.

In a rare interview undertaken out-of-character, Francis told The Sun: “I project this sexual beast on Celebrity Juice and they think they are allowed to come up to you when you are having your dinner and touch you where they shouldn’t.

Holly Willoughby, Keith Lemon and Fearne Cotton attend a photo call for Celebrity Juice: Too Juicy For TV 2 at HMV, Oxford Street. (Photo by rune hellestad/Corbis via Getty Images)

"People say naughty and inappropriate things to me all the time. When I am with friends they are surprised and go, ‘How dare they come up to you and say that’.”

The comedian added: "I suppose it’s my fault because of Celebrity Juice but I am playing that with friends and I know how far I can go.”

Francis has found the harassment worse at corporate events he works as “they all get drunk”. It was so bad at such functions he now will no longer do corporate gigs to earn extra money.

The married star also told of being at a Matt Goss gig and getting grabbed by “lots of ladies” who said “very sexual things to me about my penis and stuff”.

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The interview also saw dad-of-two say he considered quitting Celebrity Juice after team captain and friend Holly Willoughby revealed she was calling time on her stint on the popular quiz show.

Francis described himself as “gutted” at the news, saying Willoughby was like a “TV sister” to him.