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Gay British Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans Denies Rape, Sexual Assault Charges Following Arrest: VIDEO


Nigel Evans, the openly gay Tory Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, was arrested yesterday on charges of sexual assault and rape, the Guardian reports:

Detectives visited his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, on Saturday morning following allegations made by two men who were in their 20s at the time of the alleged attacks, which are said to have taken place at the property in July 2009 and March 2013.

The house and his car were searched by officers while Evans was held in custody at Preston police station. He was released on police bail until 19 June.

The prime minister, David Cameron, is understood to have been informed about the arrest of the 55-year-old, MP for Ribble Valley since 1992, one of the few Tory strongholds in the north. John Bercow, the Commons speaker, last night told the Daily Mirror: "It's been a total shock. Nigel is a popular and well-liked character. No one can quite believe what's happened."

Evans denied the charges in a statement to reporters on Sunday:

After being granted bail, Evans told reporters: "Yesterday I was interviewed by the police concerning two complaints - one of which dates back four years - made by two people who are well known to each other and who until yesterday I had regarded as friends.

"The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made, especially as I have continued to socialise with one as recently as last week."

Watch Evans speak to reporters, AFTER THE JUMP...

No further details regarding the charges have been disclosed by police.

Evans said he would temporarily step aside as deputy speaker while fights the allegations, and thanked Facebook followers for their support.

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  1. From the Guardian article:

    "In an interview shortly after announcing he was gay he said he regretted supporting section 28, the law introduced by Margaret Thatcher's government banning the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities in schools."

    I'll reserve judgement until I know more, but in my experience gay right wingers can be really twisted tickets. It's as if they have decided that since their homosexuality is shameful and unacceptable to begin with they might as well go whole hog and indulge their basest urges, abusing those they consider their "lessers." They often present themselves as prim and sexless aunties but all that self-hate and repression eventually expresses itself in a conflicted sexuality that can throw off some truly ugly sparks.

    Again, this is just in my experience so your mileage may vary.

    Posted by: Caliban | May 5, 2013 1:56:43 PM

  2. I very much hope there is no substance to this. However I am glad it is being investigated as opposed to being brushed under the carpet because it is an important person - which may, sadly, have happened in the past. It is important for people to be able to come forward and have the assurance it will be properly investigated.

    Posted by: Craig Nelson | May 5, 2013 2:13:15 PM

  3. Why is a 55 year old socializing with a men in their 20s? I can only hope to have a different perspective when I reach that age.

    Posted by: Jay | May 5, 2013 2:46:03 PM

  4. It would be odd that a victim of sexual assault would still be hanging around the perp months later, so these charges are suspect. However, Tories are notorious for having bizarre sex lives (there were about five or six sex scandals in the late nineties that helped end the last Tory govt).

    Posted by: anon | May 5, 2013 3:38:06 PM

  5. The speaker called it "socializing". The real name probably is "escort service".

    Posted by: simon | May 5, 2013 9:40:00 PM

  6. This is not going to end well.

    Posted by: Tristram | May 5, 2013 10:34:27 PM

  7. If you are a 55 year old gay man, the ONLY reason a 20 something is hanging around you is if you are PAYING.

    Seriously, just do rent-boy and keep it moving...

    Posted by: Marty | May 6, 2013 5:23:32 AM

  8. ^ What is with all the stereotyping as to why a 50 year old might hang around with young people?

    What kind of shallow attitudes are these? I've been friends with many older men for entirely sexless reasons.

    And for sexful reasons. Neither of those are wrong, and neither means I'm getting paid.

    Posted by: Sam | May 6, 2013 5:53:33 AM

  9. I wonder how much starch he uses in his shirts. He looks flawlessly well groomed.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 6, 2013 6:29:03 AM

  10. That looked awkward...never mind, I just watched the whole video.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 6, 2013 6:36:10 AM

  11. I reckon he is guilty.

    He came out of the closet at the age of 52. He has a dreadful record in terms of his voting record on LGBT rights.
    He's a member of a party which hates him.

    He's clearly massively messed up in the head

    Posted by: MaryM | May 6, 2013 6:37:38 AM

  12. Love all the comments from the armchair judges saying it's odd that a man his age has younger friends. No, it's not. Especially when one comes out late in life. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    Posted by: Gigi | May 6, 2013 12:56:40 PM

  13. If Keith Richards, who is 70, hangs around 18-year-old female guitarists, does that mean he's screwing them? For all we know those guitarists are lesbians, or it's just rock n roll shop talk after a gig, or that Richards is still curious about what tricks the new generation of guitarists - females and males - have up their sleeves. How insular do you have to be to see nothing but sexual tension between an older person in a room full of young people?

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Apr 14, 2014 6:20:49 PM

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