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British deputy speaker 'sexually abused men in parliament'

Published on Mar 11, 2014 5:53 AM
Nigel Evans,  former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons, arrives at Preston Crown Court northern England, on March 10, 2014. Evans appeared at court on Monday charged with sexual offences against men. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons sexually abused young men in parliament and at a Conservative party conference, a court heard on Monday.

Nigel Evans, 56, had the "ability to make or break" the careers of those who wished to work in Westminster and he used his "powerful" influence to assault them, a jury heard.

Evans denies nine charges dating from 2002 to 2013, involving seven men, including two of indecent assault, six of sexual assault and one of rape.

He was often drunk when he acted, Preston Crown Court in northwest England was told.

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