Police probe tycoon Mr X over rape claim
POLICE are investigating one of Britain’s richest men over rape and sex assault allegations, it was revealed yesterday.
The multi-millionaire businessman is alleged to have abused a former female employee.
But the identity of the establishment figure is protected by a wideranging court order. He can therefore only be referred to as Mr X.
Even the police force conducting the inquiry cannot be identified. No arrests have been made and Mr X has consistently denied any wrongdoing. The man is said to have agreed financial settlements out of court last year after two former staffers accused him of assault at an employment tribunal.
Both women agreed to sign non-disclosure agreements that prohibit them from talking about their cases. But the agreements reportedly allowed the women to make a criminal complaint and one of them has now done so.
In a ruling last year, High Court judge Mr Justice Soole granted an order preventing the identity of “a public figure with a well-known family name” being revealed.
He ruled that Mr X’s “honour and reputation” should be protected because publication of his name would have “personal consequences”.
A police spokesman said: “The force is currently conducting an investigation and is liaising with and supporting the victim.”
The Justice Ministry said it did not comment on active cases.