Member of Parliament Nigel Evans has spoken out about the allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another. He has stated that the allegations are “completely false”. Evans, who is Deputy Speaker of the House of Common, was questioned and then arrested over the allegations. The alleged crimes occurred years apart.
These allegations come as the Coalition Government is in the process of introducing a same-sex marriage bill.
His solicitor informed the BBC that Evans refuses to stand down over the allegations, but Defence Secretary Philip Hammond believes that it might be difficult for Evans to carry on in such a high profile role with this level of scruitiny.
Today at his home in Pendleton, Lancashire, Evans stated that “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 until yesterday, I regarded as friends.
He also said “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.”
And finished by saying “I appreciate the way the police have handled this in such a sensitive manner and I would like to thank my colleagues, friends and members of the public who have expressed their support and, like me, a sense of incredulity at these events. Thank you very much.”
Yesterday, police revealed that two men had accused Evans of raping and sexually assaulting two men between July 2009 and March 2013 inside his constituentcy. Both men say they were in their twenties at the times of the alleged assaults.
The 55 year old Evans has been open about being gay since 2010. He stated at the time that he was “tired of living a lie.”