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Woman who claims rape by celebrity was teen at time of alleged assault

A WOMAN who claims she was raped by a major showbusiness personality was just a teenager at the time of the alleged assault.

The woman wept as she spent several hours reliving an alleged rape ordeal at the hands of the popular celebrity.

The alleged sexual assault is supposed to have taken place in the 1970s. Gardai have yet to interview the accused.

The man is a prominent figure in Irish entertainment and lives in Dublin and regularly appears on TV.

But as revealed in the Irish Independent yesterday, gardai are planning a DNA report on the woman's child to check if it corroborates her allegations.

They are unlikely to approach the alleged perpetrator until further inquiries have been completed.

A friend of the woman said that she had not come forward before now because she did not want her child to know what had happened.

Five days after the woman filed the complaint with gardai, the Jimmy Savile scandal erupted.

Irish Independent