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US News Alex Salmond trial witness tells court 'women were no longer allowed to work alone with him'

23:10  12 march  2020
23:10  12 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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A witness giving evidence at Alex Salmond 's trial in Edinburgh has said 'women were no longer allowed to work alone with him' after she spoke to colleagues about an alleged sexual assault.

The woman, identified as Woman G, told the court today that the former first minister put his arm around her at Bute House in April 2014.

Woman G said 'he leaned in to kiss me' before telling the court she was “frightened” and feared “something would happen”.

She then said: “I just sat up and said, or asked, if I could go.

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A woman who alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Alex Salmond has told a court that he apologised to her at a private meeting arranged Witness F, a civil servant in the Scottish government who cannot be named for legal reasons, alleged that Salmond had drunk nearly a full bottle of spirits

Alex Salmond attends the High Court in Edinburgh where he is accused of 14 counts of sexual On the fourth day of the trial at the High Court in Edinburgh on Thursday, the female, named only as The court also heard claims by Women G how women were banned from working alone with Mr

“He was frustrated and almost defeated. He said something along the lines of, ‘Fine, go’.”

Woman G has told the court that she had reported the alleged incident to colleagues.

Gordon Jackson QC, acting for Salmond, questioned whether his client's alleged behaviour towards her was “serious”.

She said: “It was serious enough that it was determined women were no longer allowed to work alone with him.

She also said: “A lot of allowances were made for Mr Salmond due to the volatility of his nature.”

Salmond faces 14 charges of alleged offences against 10 women, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to.

The charges span a period between June 29 2008 and November 11 2014, with one sexual assault said to have taken place in the month of the Scottish independence referendum in September 2014.

Salmond - who was Scotland's first minister from 2007 to 2014 - faces a number of other sexual assault charges, as well as two indecent assault charges.

His trial, which is expected to last for four weeks, continues.

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