Thursday 21 September 2017

Police quiz brother of Dana over child abuse allegations

Dana Rosemary Scallon, the former Eurovision winner who has twice sought to become President of Ireland
Dana's niece, Susie Gorrell
Her brother John Brendan Brown
Dana's older sister Susan Stein

Greg Harkin

A BROTHER of singer Dana Rosemary Scallon has been questioned by detectives on child sexual abuse allegations.

John Brendan Brown (56) was quizzed for several hours at Wembley police station in London, the Irish Independent has learned.

Mr Brown, who was the campaign director for Ms Scallon's presidential bid last year, has strenuously denied claims that he abused his niece, Susie Gorrell, in London in the 1970s.

It is understood Ms Gorrell, daughter of Ms Scallon's sister Susan Stein, flew from the US to London last October to lodge a formal complaint with police in the English capital.

The recent police interview took place less than a mile from the apartment where the Brown family was based in the 1970s.

It is understood detectives are due to meet Britain's Crown Prosecution Service to discuss the case, and Mr Brown will be interviewed again next month.

The development will come as a shock to Ms Scallon who is said to "dote" on her youngest brother. During the presidential campaign, she stunned TV viewers when she interrupted a debate to hit out at what she called "lies" about her family.

And she is currently trying to resurrect a potentially lucrative career in the US after a disastrous presidential election campaign.

She fronted a one-hour special show on the Alabama-based evangelical TV station EWTN on Sunday night entitled 'Dana Sings: The Best Is Yet To Come'.

A spokesman for the station told the Irish Independent that details were being finalised for a possible series in September focusing on family values.

However, her own family has been torn apart by legal action and allegations dating back decades.

Ms Scallon's niece, Ms Gorrell, a married mother of three, told the Irish Independent last October that she was sexually abused on a number of occasions from the age of five until she was 13 years old.

Details of the allegations were first aired in a US courtroom in 2008 when Ms Scallon fell out with her sister Ms Stein -- Ms Gorrell's mother -- over the rights to a record company.

Ms Scallon took the side of her brother John in the row, and told both RTE and TV3 during the election campaign that the allegations were "malicious" and "vile".

Lawyers for Ms Gorrell and Ms Stein then launched legal action of their own, stating that their clients stood over the allegations.

Cautioned

Ms Gorrell could not be contacted for comment on the latest development.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the Irish Independent that Mr Brown arrived at the station by appointment and was arrested and cautioned. He was later released on police bail.

He has previously denied the allegations, and did not respond to messages left on his mobile phone last night requesting further comment.

Mr Brown lives between homes in Langley, Windsor, in England, and the townland of Urris on Donegal's Inishowen peninsula.

Irish Independent

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