Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

U.K. Lawmaker Rejects Claims of Sex Attacks

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

U.K. Lawmaker Rejects Claims of Sex Attacks

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Nigel Evans, a senior lawmaker and deputy speaker in the House of Commons, said Sunday that the accusations were "completely false."

Nigel Evans, the senior Conservative member of Parliament who was questioned by the police on Saturday over accusations of rape and sexual assault involving two men, said on Sunday that the allegations were "completely false."

In a statement to reporters outside his house in the village of Pendleton, in Lancashire, Mr. Evans said the complaints dated back four years and were made "by two people who are well known to each other and who until yesterday I regarded as friends."

Mr. Evans, 55, was questioned by the Lancashire police for most of the day Saturday, and was then released with an order to return for further questioning next month. He has not been charged. The police also searched his car and his house.

According to British news reports, the allegations concern two men in their 20s, and cover a period from 2009 until a few weeks ago. …

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