Britain's former parliament speaker cleared of sex assaults
Published on Apr 10, 2014 10:27 PM
LONDON (AFP) - The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men.
Mr Nigel Evans, 56, had been accused of using his "powerful" political influence to take advantage of the men.
But a jury at Preston Crown Court in northwest England found Mr Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.
The rape complainant, aged 22, had told the court he was raped and sexually assaulted by Evans after a dinner party at the defendant's home in March last year, but the openly gay lawmaker said the sex was consensual.
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