A TOP ballet dancer ­sexually assaulted teenage students under the pretence of sports massages, a court heard yesterday.

Yat-Sen Chang, 49, the principal dancer for the English National Ballet who “everyone was in awe” of, is accused of grooming four girls.

The victims, aged 16 to 18, were “star struck” by “renowned” Chang who “used his position to commit sexual offences against young students in his care”, a jury was told.

He allegedly used the “inappropriate” massages to touch the girls in ­intimate areas.

Prosecutor Joel Smith said he “trusted that his fame and his position would protect him”.

At Isleworth crown court, Chang, who lives in Germany, has denied all charges. Case continues.

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