Aug 02, 2020
Reports: UK lawmaker arrested on accusation of rape
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LONDON (AP) — British media reports say a Conservative Party lawmaker has been arrested after a former parliamentary aide accused him of rape and sexual assault while they were in a relationship.
The Sunday Times and Mail on Sunday did not name the lawmaker, who they reported was a former government minister.The complainant alleged that the man assaulted her and forced her to have sex, according to the Times.
The Metropolitan Police said it is investigating allegations of sexual offenses and assault relating to four incidents at addresses in London, including in Westminster, between July 2019 and January.
The force said officers arrested a man in his 50s Saturday on suspicion of rape and took him into custody at a London police station. The man has been released on bail. The force did not name the man, in accordance with its usual rule of not naming suspects until they are formally charged.
The governing Conservative Party said in a statement it takes “all allegations of this nature extremely seriously” but that it could not comment because the matter is being investigated.
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New Pressure To Remove Billboard Near KKK Headquarters In Arkansas
The billboard, along a busy highway in Harrison, Ark., reads, "For the Family," alongside a photo of two adults and two children holding an American flag and a sketch of a cross with a dove and a flame. The websites WhitePrideRadio.com and AltRightTV.com are also advertised.
An online petition was first started in July. More than 9,300 had signed the petition by Friday evening.
"The billboards have done tremendous damage to our community by giving the impression that our citizens support their messages and don’t object to their presence," the petition reads.
According to CNN, the task force is directly reaching out to the company because they dont believe theyll have much luck with the landowner, the Rob Law Firm, which is reportedly owned by the son of the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
The billboard has been in the area since at least 2014. But it got new attention when a white filmmaker recently stood in the spot with a Black Lives Matter sign and filmed the interactions he had with people in cars driving by, CNN reported.
Kelsey Bardwell, a lawyer for the Harrison Community Task Force on Race Relations, told NBC affiliate KARK the sign is an entrance to the town and its "not the message our community wants to convey."
In a joint statement to KARK, the mayor and Chamber of Commerce president and county judge said “our race relations task force has worked to successfully remove four of the five privately-owned billboards. They continue trying to remove the last one.”
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