British MP denies rape allegations
London: Nigel Evans, deputy speaker of the House of Commons, has denied as "completely false" allegations against him, after he was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault, BBC reported.
The 55-year-old Tory MP for Ribble Valley in Lancashire has been questioned about alleged attacks on two men. In a statement to journalists, Evans expressed his "sense of incredulity at these events". His solicitor said he did not intend to quit as deputy speaker or as an MP. The offences were alleged to have taken place between July 2009 and March 2013 in Pendleton, Lancashire, police said.
Evans has got bail until June 19. "I was interviewed by 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 regarded as friends," the MP was quoted as saying. "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."
He described the recent events as the "worst 24 hours of my life", aside from the losses of his mother and brother.