Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Friday, June 17, 2011

Andrew Bridgen Sex Assault Case Dropped by the Police after just a week - 17th June 2011

A Tory MP spoke of his ‘hurt and anger’ yesterday after police dropped a sex-assault case against him after only one week.

Backbencher Andrew Bridgen, 46, was detained in the early hours of last Thursday after a former political aide claimed he groped her at his Westminster flat.

Amid a blaze of publicity, he was held by police for several hours and forced to provide a DNA sample, pose for a police mugshot and be fingerprinted before being released on bail to return in mid-July.

He vigorously denied any wrong-doing and vowed to clear his name.

Yesterday, after taking a statement from his accuser, detectives ruled there was insufficient evidence to continue investigating.

Mr Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, said he would now be taking legal advice about possible action over the case.

The saga is likely to trigger a new debate on whether suspects accused of sex offences should be allowed to keep their anonymity until convicted.

Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, rock star Paul Weller and former
TV presenter John Leslie have all been severely embarrassed by sex allegations which came to nothing.

Last Saturday the Mail reported that Mr Bridgen’s accuser had
been drunkenly flirting with men in a nearby pub hours before her encounter with the MP, and that police were likely to drop the case within days.

We also disclosed that a civil servant who was in Mr Bridgen’s
flat at the time of the alleged incident supported his version of events.

The accuser, a larger-than life character in Westminster, cannot be named for legal reasons but appears to have put her alleged ordeal behind her very quickly.

Earlier this week, she posted a picture of herself happily preparing to go to Royal Ascot on a social networking website.

Married father-of-two Mr Bridgen welcomed the police decision to drop the case.

‘Naturally, I remain hurt and angry that such a ludicrous, false and unsubstantiated allegation should have been given the attention it has,’ he said.

'The allegation was unfair and hurtful not just to myself but to
my wife and children.’ Source