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US NewsUKIP candidate investigated over rape comment

13:20  07 may  2019
13:20  07 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Carl Benjamin, who had previously said he "wouldn't even rape" Jess Phillips, posted an online video suggesting that "with enough pressure I might cave".

After announcing a list of spoof UKIP policies, including invading Spain and restoring the British Empire, Benjamin said in a video posted on his YouTube channel: "There's been an awful lot of talk about whether I would or wouldn't rape Jess Phillips.

UKIP candidate investigated over rape comment © PA Ms Phillips said she 'cried in the street' in response to the comments

"I've been in a lot of trouble for my hardline stance of not even raping her. I suppose with enough pressure I might cave. But let's be honest, nobody's got that much beer."

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A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "Police have received a report of malicious communications relating to MP Jess Phillips.

"Officers have spoken to Ms Phillips and the comments are being investigated to establish if an offence has taken place."

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Ms Phillips, who represents Birmingham Yardley, told the BBC that she "cried in the street" in response to the comments.

She said: "I realised that I did what all women do in these situations, I had been putting a brave face on it and pretending that it was all fine and that I can cope.

"It dawned on me that, for four years essentially, this man had made a career out of harassing me. And I felt harassed.

"I felt 'how can somebody say that they would rape me if forced and be a legitimate candidate in an election?'"

She said it was "one thing when he was just some idiot off the internet" but now "it's a different thing when he is standing on the same platforms I am standing on, that he will potentially go to a parliament himself as an elected representative".

"I cannot believe our system is so weak at the moment that's allowed to happen."

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Garda did not investigate rape complaint despite being reminded 15 times.
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