Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth from the Hamiltons as Their Accuser Says: See You in Court

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth from the Hamiltons as Their Accuser Says: See You in Court

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Byline: MAXINE FRITH

THE WOMAN accusing Neil and Christine Hamilton of sexual assault today stood by her claims and said she was "confident" the case would go to trial.

The 28-year-old woman's lawyer said she had been made the victim of "baseless accusations and vile slurs" since details of her alleged attack were made public.

John Bridge, who is acting for the divorced mother- of- two from Grimsby, said: "My client has given a full account of the evening in question to the police. She will continue to co-operate with them and is confident that the police will investigate the matter thoroughly and in due course the case will proceed to trial."

The woman has alleged that the former Tory minister, 52, and his 51-year-old wife sexually abused her as she was raped by 60-year-old Barry Lehaney at a flat in Ilford in May.

Her reiteration of the rape claim provoked a furious response from Mr Hamilton, who had hoped she would retract her allegations in the face of Showing the strain: Neil Hamilton and a weeping Christine outside their Cheshire home today. "I'm not coping very well, I'm sorry," said the renowned "battleaxe" what he said was "incontrovertible proof ", backed by 10 independent witnesses, that they had not taken part in the alleged sexual assault.

Mr Hamilton and his wife were arrested when they attended Bark-ingside police station to respond to the allegations last Friday and were questioned for five hours before being released on police bail.

They have strenuously denied being involved in the alleged attack, variously accusing the woman of lying and Scotland Yard of unlawful arrest.

Mr Hamilton said today: "I was hoping that the witness would retract her statement, given that we have incontrovertible proof of how we spent every single minute of that day.

She must know that by now.

"I have not attacked her. I am quite prepared to believe that she may have been subjected to a sexual assault but I can't understand what it is that motivates this woman in persisting in making allegations which we have already disproved. …

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