At least one dozen members of Parliament in the United Kingdom have recently been accused of sexual misconduct or harassment, The Guardian reports.
Allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and assault have flooded powerful or public figures since movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s high-profile saga of exploitation broke in early October. British MPs are now accused of similar acts, with eight conservatives and four Labour Party members suspected of alleged misdeeds.
The accusations date back to behavior more than a decade old, ranging from inappropriate texting to actions warranting police investigation, according to The Guardian.
The accusations have hit as high as First Secretary of State Damian Green, a senior Cabinet official and Prime Minister Teresa May’s second-in-command. Green has denied allegations that he inappropriately touched and texted activist Kate Maltby, who is 30 years younger than Green, and kept pornography on his government computer, the Associated Press reports.
“The allegations about the material and computer, now nine years old, are false, disreputable political smears from a discredited police officer acting in flagrant breach of his duty to keep the details of police investigations confidential, and amount to little more than an unscrupulous character assassination,” Green said, according to the AP.
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