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Tory MP says he was "mischievously targeted" over 'drunken sexual assault' on former aide

June 11, 2011 - London

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who was arrested over claims that he had sexually assaulted a former political aide after drinking with her at a Westminster pub, has said that he had been "mischievously targeted".

Bridgen termed the allegations, including groping the woman's breast, as "demonstrably false".

"The allegations are wholly false and without foundation. Fortunately, they are also provably false. I have been happy to co-operate fully with the police and I am completely confident that, after proper investigation, I will be exonerated," The Sun quoted him, as saying.

"I am angry that I have been targeted in this mischievous way and I will be taking advice about this," he added.

Both of them were seen drinking with another man on Wednesday evening, and reports suggest that they later went to Bridgen's Westminster flat for further drinks. In the early hours the next morning, a neighbour called police after the 29-year-old woman sought their help claiming he had groped her against her wishes.

Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire who was first elected to Parliament last year, was arrested at around 2am (local time), and taken to a central London police station.


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