Po­lice probe ty­coon Mr X over rape claim

Daily Express - - News - By David Pilditch

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.

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