48-year-old Tory MP Charlie Elphicke denies three sexual assaults on two women, who claim he "touched her breasts while they were sitting and drinking wine".
- Tory MP for Dover Charlie Elphicke appeared on Westminster Magistrates Court
- He is accused of groping a woman in 2007 and another woman in 2016
- Elphicke was a Tory whip before it was fired in 2017 when allegations were made
- He had the whip removed, then reinstalled and removed against charges
- Mr. Elphicke's lawyer said the allegations were "consistently and completely rejected".
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke denies having fondled two women three times
Tory MP Charlie Elphicke has appeared in court to deny that two women have been sexually assaulted.
The Dover MP is accused of three attacks, one by a woman in 2007 and two by a second alleged victim in 2016.
Elphicke appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court this morning and pleaded not guilty to all three.
He was sitting behind glass in the dock, wearing a dark suit, blue shirt, and gray tie. He spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address, and to write down his requests.
The prosecutor said Natalie Dawson: “In both cases, the complainants were sitting and drinking a glass of wine.
Elphicke lunged at the complainant, kissed her and grabbed her bra over her breasts.
"Both got up in both matters and left Mr. Elphicke."
He added that a few days later one of the women complained that he had fondled her in his car.
It will appear at Southwark Crown Court in central London next month.
Mark Haslam, who defended himself, said: “It is a combination of factual argument and total rejection.
In court today, his lawyer said the claims were "thoroughly denied".
Charlie Elphicke arrives at the court this morning. Two women accused him of fondling her
"If I raise another point that will support the court, the matter will be examined over a longer period of time. It was consistently and completely denied.
& # 39; There was no evidence of a secret about the defendant's position. It was open throughout the investigation.
The 48-year-old was a Tory whip until 2016 – a government minister responsible for party discipline.
In 2017, after the allegations were made to the police, he was suspended from the party – he had the whip removed – but was controversially reinstated before a vote of confidence in Theresa May.
Then he had the whip withdrawn again in July of that year when he was charged.
The father of two has been a member of the Kent constituency since 2010.