Freddie Ljungberg nightclub visits turned to "hell" after Calvin Klein advert

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Former Arsenal ace Freddie Ljungberg revealed he repeatedly got groped in nightclubs after his infamous underwear campaign for Calvin Klein.

He starred as one of the label’s most iconic models between 2003 and 2007 where he was one of the main faces of the company. 15 years after his final shoot with Calvin Klein, the Swedish legend, who won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups with the Gunners, is currently celebrating his 45th birthday.

And those celebrations will likely be taking place as far away from a nightclub as possible, as the ex-Celtic ace once opened up about the multiple times he was groped by other women after the campaign. “I’d go to a nightclub and girls would come up and grab my willy. Just like that,” he said, as quoted by the Metro.

“There were hands everywhere. From behind, from the sides, pulling and tugging. I couldn’t do anything about it.”

While Ljungberg stripped down to the Calvin Klein underwear he was promoting during these shoots, the Swede initially suggested he was uncomfortable about the added attention he was receiving in 2003.

At the time, Ljungberg had already followed the footsteps of Manchester United legends George Best and David Beckham to promote the fashion company’s underwear. At the time, he was an extremely talented 21-year-old prospect who was beginning to assert himself for Arsenal.

However, Ljungberg said the extra attention and fame he was receiving from his modelling was beginning to make him feel very uncomfortable. ''I've always been interested in clothes and shopping, and I have a few friends who work in fashion,'' he said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine in 2003.

''But I'm constantly surprised by the amount of interest in how I look. It's flattering, but a little weird — at the end of the day, I'm a footballer.''

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