Former flatmates of the woman who accused the late Leon Brittan of rape come to her defence and deny contradicting her story
Despite the Metropolitan Police having now confirmed that “there was insufficient evidence to prosecute [the late Lord Brittan] for [an] alleged rape” in London in 1967, two former flatmates of the woman that made the allegation have now told Exaro that they deny media reports of “contradicting” the complainant.
In a feature by Mark Conrad, Exaro report that one ex-flatmate stated:
“I cannot recall the exact date, but I remember the incident. I just wish I had spent more time talking to her about it. Mind you, even if she had told me at the time, I would not have recommended she spoke to the police. Back then women were often treated badly when they reported rape”.
Flatly denying remarks by The Times’ David Aaronovitch that “friends of [the complainant] who she said could corroborate parts of her story flatly contradicted it” and describing her as a “plausible witness”, one of the unnamed flatmates also added:
“I was able to confirm much of the background of her story, but after so many years there were many things that I could not recall. I never doubted that she was telling the truth”.
“I was incensed to read David Aaronovitch’s article in The Times saying that her friends had ‘flatly contradicted’ her story. These friends could only have been us, and this is totally untrue”.
“… Few have had the courage to come forward. Having seen the way that sections of the press have treated Jane [the name used to describe the complainant], this is hardly surprising”.
“Many people who hardly knew Leon Brittan are rushing to his defence. I would ask them to consider what they really know about this case”.
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