British lawmaker arrested after rape allegation, says report

WION Web Team London, London, UK (Great Britain) Aug 02, 2020, 03.17 PM(IST)

UK lawmaker arrested Photograph:( Reuters )

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London's Metropolitan Police said it had received on Friday allegations relating to four separate incidents between July 2019 and January 2020.

An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister has been arrested on accusations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control.

According to the Sunday Times, a woman in her twenties reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex. The woman was a former parliamentary employee, it said.

London's Metropolitan Police said it had received on Friday allegations relating to four separate incidents between July 2019 and January 2020.

The man in his 50s was arrested on Saturday, the police statement said.

Late on Saturday, the police said the lawmaker had been released on bail after being held in custody in an east London police station, and that he was to return in the middle of this month.

The police did not confirm any further details about the man's identity or occupation.