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US News Alex Salmond trial: Mr Salmond claims allegations have been fabricated

15:15  17 march  2020
15:15  17 march  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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

  Alex Salmond trial witness tells court 'women were no longer allowed to work alone with him' 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.“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”.

had been more careful with people's personal space' but claims some of the allegations from nine Salmond faces 13 charges of alleged offences against nine women, all he denies He claimed some of the allegations against him have been fabricated for politics The former politician said: 'From where I stand now, I wish I had been more careful with people's

Mr Salmond told BBC Scotland he was "no saint" and has "got flaws". He added: "I have made She is a personal friend of Alex Salmond . He was her mentor, he was her predecessor as first minister. In a statement released on Thursday night, Mr Salmond strongly denied all of the allegations against

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrives at court. © Getty Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrives at court.

ALEX Salmond has claimed some of the allegations against him have been fabricated and others exaggerated out of proportion.

The former First Minister was giving evidence on day seven of his trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, where he denies 13 sex charges involving nine.women.

Mr Salmond said: "Events are being reinterpreted and exaggerated out of any possible proportion.

"Some but not all are fabrications, deliberate fabrications for political purposes.

" Some are exaggerations taken out of proportion.

Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrives at court. © Getty Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond arrives at court.

"And the impact of some of the publicity over the past 18 months has led some  people to revise their opinions and say 'Something happened to me'.

Jurors to continue considering verdict in Alex Salmond sexual assault trial

  Jurors to continue considering verdict in Alex Salmond sexual assault trial The former first minister denies 13 alleged sexual offences against nine women between June 2008 and November 2014.Salmond, 65, denies 13 alleged sexual offences against nine women, who were all either working for the Scottish Government or within the SNP at the time.

Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond (/ˈsæmənd/; born 31 December 1954) is a Scottish politician who served as the First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014.

Alex Salmond is on trial over accusations of sexual assault, including an attempted rape, spanning a period between June The court heard all those at the meeting agreed the image was inappropriate but the civil servant said she was grabbed by Salmond when she was left alone in the room with him.

"People can get into a sausage machine and cannot get out of it even if they want to."

The former First Minister told the court his private office, staffed by civil servants, had a "family" atmosphere.

He said: "it's quite unlike anything else in the civil service. It's 24/7, people are living out of each other's pockets, it's like a family environment. It's much more informal than the rest of the civil service or virtually any other working environment."

Mr Salmond gave his version of the incident in Bute House when he suggested to a civil servant recreating the pose in a Jack Vettriano painting As Fond Kiss.

She had claimed resisting Mr Salmond has been like "wrestling with an octopus".

Mr Salmond said:  " I think over the passage of  time the incident has been misremembered.

"I took her hands and I did say 'Let's reenact the Christmas card. It was a joke, high jinks, a piece of fun. It was never meant to be anything else.

" She said 'Don't be daft' and we sat down."

Mr Salmond denies all charges against him. The trial continues.

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