Monday 19 February 2018

Woman at centre of celeb rape claim speaks with gardai

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A WOMAN who claims she was raped by a major Irish showbusiness personality when she was a teenager 30 years ago is speaking with gardai for a second time this week.

The unidentified woman alleges that she was raped by the veteran star at an event in the 1970s.

She subsequently had a daughter whom she claims was conceived during the alleged assault.

She said she has not reported the allegations to gardai until now to protect her daughter.

It was reported yesterday that she is to meet with gardai for a second time this week to discuss the allegations.

Meanwhile, a top criminal law firm has reportedly been hired to represent the star at the centre of the allegations.

Michael J Staines and Company solicitors based in Dublin's Smithfield area has been hired to defend the allegations against the veteran star, it was reported yesterday.

Officials from the law firm did not return calls to the Irish Independent last night.

However, it's understood that the star at the centre of the allegations confirmed that he has hired the legal representatives after it was reported that a woman recently disclosed rape allegations against him to gardai.

The star in question, however, has robustly denied any wrongdoing and told reporters "I didn't do it", when the Irish Independent broke the story last week.

The celebrity, who is married with children and lives in Dublin, has not been questioned by gardai on the matter.

Irish Independent

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