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  • 13 March 2014, 13:49

Nigel Evans Accuser Denies Conspiracy Against MP

A man who claims he was sexually assaulted by former deputy speaker Nigel Evans has denied being part of a conspiracy against the MP.

Under cross-examination in court, the alleged victim rejected claims he had "put up" other people to complain to police about the politician.

The man, who is legally granted anonymity, was giving evidence in a trial in which the MP is accused of raping one man and sexually assaulting others.

He has told Preston Crown Court that on one occasion when he was staying at Evans' constituency home at Pendleton,Lancashire, he woke up to find the MP had put his hand inside his boxer shorts.

But under questioning from defence barrister Peter Wright QC, the man, a Westminster worker, accepted he had described Evans as "a good egg" on a social network site.

He told the court he had tried to "normalise" his relationship with the Ribble Valley MP and had been tactile with him after the alleged sexual assault "but in a normal way".

Jurors at the trial have heard suggestions that MP Dr Sarah Wollaston persuaded the alleged victim to go to the police.

"She convinced me I had a duty of care to other people in Parliament," he said.

Mr Wright said: "You were involved in putting up ... (another two alleged victims) ... to bolster these assertions you were making."

"That is incorrect," the man replied, before denying he had made up details of the alleged sexual assault.

Evans denies nine charges - one of rape, two of indecent assault and six of sexual assault - relating to seven men.

The case continues.

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