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UK News Alex Salmond accused of lying naked on woman and trying to rape her in Bute House

17:30  21 november  2019
17:30  21 november  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

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Alex Salmond accused of laying naked on woman and trying to rape her and 13 other alleged sex attacks. Prosecutors claim Mr Salmond attempted to rape a woman at Bute House , his official residence as First Minister in Edinburgh, in June 2014.

Alex Salmond will go on trial next year facing a string of sexual and indecent assault allegations including one charge of attempted rape in which he is said Nine incidents are said to have happened in Bute House in Edinburgh’s Charlotte Square, which is currently occupied by Nicola Sturgeon, Mr

Alex Salmond appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh today where he was accused of carrying out a series of sexual offences against 10 women while serving as First Minister of Scotland.

Alex Salmond wearing a suit and tie © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

The 64-year-old former SNP leader faces a total of 14 charges, all of which he denies.

They include a charge of attempted rape, 11 of sexual assault - including one with intent to rape - and two of indecent assault. The charges span a period between 2008 and 2014.

Speaking to reporters outside the High Court in the Lawnmarket after a short preliminary hearing, Mr Salmond said he will “vigorously” defend his position.

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Alex Salmond , the former first minister of Scotland, has appeared in court accused of attempting to rape a woman at Bute House , the Georgian property Salmond has repeatedly denied the charges. In a further alleged sexual assault charge, Salmond is accused of kissing and groping another

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A further hearing is scheduled to take place on January 22, while the full trial is expected to begin on March 9.

According to an indictment made public today, the former MP attempted to rape a woman at Bute House - a Grade A-listed Georgian town house in Edinburgh’s New Town - in 2014. It is alleged he placed her legs over his, repeatedly kissed her face and neck, groped her, then blocked her path.

Salmond is then said to have pinned her against a wall, pulled at her clothes and stripped himself naked before trying to rape her on a bed.

The former MP is also accused of sexually assaulting a woman with intent to rape in 2013.

He is alleged to have forced a woman to lie on his bed at the first minister's official residence then pulled up her dress with intent to rape her.

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An indictment accused the former Scottish National Party leader of attempted rape at Bute House , where he blocked her escape, took off her clothing A further charge said that Mr Salmond forced a second woman to sit on a bed at Bute House and carry out sexual abuse "with the intent to rape her ".

FORMER Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond appeared in court yesterday accused of sex attacks including two attempted rapes . Salmond appeared in court to face 14 charges including nine sex attacks, two indecent assaults and a breach of the peace.

Both incidents were said to have taken place between the date of the Edinburgh Agreement in 2012 and the day of the independence vote in September 2014.

Meanwhile, the first of the charges involved incidents where Salmond allegedly indecently assaulted a woman by kissing her mouth and groping her on various occasions around Glasgow in 2008.

It is also alleged he sexually assaulted a woman on various occasions between 2011 and 2013 at the Scottish Parliament, Bute House and elsewhere by touching her bottom and stroking other parts of her body.

Salmond - who was Scotland's first minister from 2007 to 2014 - is also accused of taking off a woman's shoe and trying to kiss her foot in 2013.

The indictment states that in 2014, Salmond grabbed a woman by her shoulders at Bute House, repeatedly kissed her face, tried to kiss her lips and touched her leg and face.

Several charges involved the accused allegedly groping women, including one incident at the Ubiquitous Chip restaurant in Glasgow in 2012.

Alex Salmond accused of attempted rape and sexual assaults

  Alex Salmond accused of attempted rape and sexual assaults Scotland’s former first minister is facing a total of 14 charges involving ten womenThe 64-year-old is facing a total of 14 charges, all of which he strongly denies, involving ten women.

Scotland’s former first minister says he is innocent as he is accused of 14 offences.

ALEX Salmond has been accused of sex attacks on two workers while serving as First Minister, it emerged last night. Mr Salmond , who quit as First Minister after losing the 2014 independence referendum strenuously denied the claims and said he was taking legal action against the government.

Gordon Jackson QC, representing Salmond, told the cour that his client denied the allegations.

Judge Lady Dorrian continued the preliminary hearing until January 22 and set a trial date for March 9, which is expected to last four weeks.

Speaking outside court after the hearing, Mr Salmond said he would defend himself “vigorously” during the trial.

“I’m not permitted to say too much today save that we’ve launched our defence statement with the court,” he said.

“It pleads not guilty to all charges and explains some of the circumstances in which they’ve come about.

“I’m also conscious we’re in the middle of a General Election campaign, I’m not going to say anything which would influence that democratic process.”

He added: “We’re now into a second year of court actions, first civil and now criminal - it’s over 10 months since we won the civil action.

“I am innocent and I will defend my position vigorously but the only place, the only proper place to answer criminal charges, is in this court - and that’s exactly what we intend to do next spring.

“I’d love to take your questions but you’ll understand that that’ll have to wait for another day so if you forgive me I’m going to go with my legal team over to Parliament Hall for a consultation.”

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