Saturday 21 July 2018

Vogue Williams' future father-in-law charged with rape of minor

David and Jane Matthews, parents of the groom, attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and their son James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London.
The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, whose sister Kate is married to Britain's Prince William, has been charged in France with the rape of a minor, a legal source told AFP Photo:Getty Images
David and Jane Matthews, parents of the groom, attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and their son James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London. The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, whose sister Kate is married to Britain's Prince William, has been charged in France with the rape of a minor, a legal source told AFP Photo:Getty Images
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The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, and future father-in-law of Irish model Vogue Williams, has been charged in France with the rape of a minor, AFP reported on Friday, citing a legal source.

David Matthews (74), a multi-millionaire, was taken into custody for questioning last Tuesday by investigators with France's Minor Protection Brigade in a case dating from 1998-99, after a complaint was lodged in 2017, according to AFP.

A relative is said to have reported him to the police, leading to Matthews reporting to judges in Paris on Tuesday.

He is dad to 42-year-old James Matthews, who wed Pippa Middleton in May 2017.

The wealthy pensioner is also the father of Vogue Williams' fiance, reality TV star Spencer Matthews.

He strenuously denies all the allegations.

A Paris judicial official said: “I confirm that David M was placed in police custody on 27 March at the Brigade for the Protection of Minors Protection.

“Following his arrest, the Paris public prosecutor’s office opened a judicial investigation, overlooked by an examining magistrate, who charged him with the rape of a minor.

“He was placed under judicial supervision by the investigating judge.

“The investigation alleges that the crimes were committed in 1998 and 1999.

“The investigations will now continue as a judicial investigation and will be led by an investigating judge.”

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