SARA Cox has revealed she was harassed by leering perverts as a young model.
The Radio 2 presenter, now 44, writes in her new book Till the Cows Come Home how she and her small group of girl pals were regularly catcalled and pursued by creepy men on a working trip in Italy.
In an extract published by The Mirror, she says: “To say the men we encountered there were perverts is a little like saying a Premiership footballer is on a decent wage.
“It may have changed now, but back then it was as if my visit coincided with the annual month-long sex pest convention.
“Wherever we walked in our little gang of girls, grown men reacted as if they’d been in solitary confinement and not clapped eyes on the female form for decades.
“They’d look at us like a starving dog would look at a T-bone steak.”
The Bolton born star traded modelling for TV and radio, landing her first telly job in 1996.
In 1999 she joined BBC Radio 1 where she hosted with Emma Boughton and launched the Sunday Surgery show with Dr Mark Hamilton.
The following year she got the prestigious Radio 1 Breakfast Show presenter role and grew the audience to 7.8 million listeners.
She hosted her final Breakfast Show in 2003, ending with (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life, before moving to the station’s Drivetime slot.
Sara is currently the Radio 2 Drivetime host after taking over from Simon Mayo.
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