Chew appeared in front of magistrates on Tuesday (Image: PA)

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A man accused of assaulting Chris Whitty following a video clip that went viral has appeared in court.

Jonathan Chew, 24, appeared at Westminster magistrates' court on Tuesday charged with assault by beating and obstructing a police officer in the line of his duty.

Mr Whitty, England's chief medical officer, appeared to be grabbed by a man as he walked through St James's Park in central London, while someone filmed the encounter on a mobile phone on June 27.

In the short clip that went viral on social media, a police van could be seen parked in the background and Scotland Yard confirmed officers spoke to Chew and his friend Lewis Hughes, 23.

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Chew was arrested after appearing a short clip that went viral on social media
(Image: PA)

Police said when officers spoke to Prof Whitty, he had not suffered any injuries and at the time did not wish to press charges.

Chew, of Chelmsford, Essex, who wore a grey prison-issued tracksuit in the dock.

The case has been adjourned and Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring told Chew he was released on conditional bail to live and sleep at his home address.

Chew was granted conditional bail
(Image: PA)

He will next appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 30.

Lewis Hughes, of Romford, east London, was also charged with common assault after the incident.

He was charged last Thursday by post and is due to appear at the same court later this month.