London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 21 opera star jenkins reveals ordeal to chat host morgan i was punched and kicked by would-be rapist KATHERINE JENKINS has revealed how she was almost raped when she was a student in London. The Welsh opera singer broke down in tears during a TV interview with journalist Piers Morgan as she relived the terrifying experience. The 29-year-old said she had feared for her life as she was followed while walking home alone after a night out with pals from the Royal Academy Of Music. She said: I was walking across the bridge, near Paddington. I felt someone too close to me and he, within seconds, was in front of me, trying to drag me down this gangway and the police believe he was trying to rape me. I remember my purse was there so I knew he wasnt just trying to mug me. Somehow I managed to get out of his grip. I wanted to kill him. I was so angry about it. Jenkins, who was 17 when she won a scholarship to the Academy, said her attacker punched her and threw her against a wall but she curled up in a ball on the floor and he kicked her twice before fleeing with her purse. l Piers Morgans Life Stories: Katherine Jenkins airs Saturday, 10pm on ITV1. MUSIC fans at a new London festival will be generating their own electricity. Special bikes will be set up so festival-goers can help power the Oxjam festival on Sunday, which is aiming to raise awareness of climate change and make money for Oxfam. More than 30 bands, comedians and DJs will perform at the clubs and pubs along Kilburn High Road. Electricity- generating bikes will be at The Good Ship pub and will power a big screen. If riders stop pedalling, the screen will turn off. One person cycling briskly will create 50 watts -- enough for a film projector, DVD player and small PA system or for 20 mobile phone chargers. 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