He was arrested for a third time yesterday and questioned after two more men accused him of attacks, bringing the total to seven
Top Tory Nigel Evans (Website) was charged last night with rape and sex assaults on seven men.
The Deputy Commons Speaker, 55, was arrested for a third time yesterday and questioned after two more men accused him of attacks, bringing the total to seven.
All were in their 20s when they claim they were assaulted by Mr Evans in incidents dating back up to a decade.
After being charged, Mr Evans resigned as Deputy Speaker but rejected all the accusations.
Speaking outside Preston police station, he said: “I have today answered bail following complaints I said were incredulous.”
“Whilst I’m saddened this case has not been closed today, I am certain of two things: Firstly that I am innocent, secondly, that my innocence will be demonstrated.”
“Having informed my fellow Deputy Speakers, Lindsay Hoyle and Dawn Primarolo, my association chairman and my staff, I can confirm I will now resign as Deputy Speaker.”
He said he would continue in his role as Ribble Valley MP, then added: “After today I will not be making any further comment until after the case concludes.”
The Crown Prosecution Service said: “Following a Lancashire police investigation, the CPS has received a file of evidence in the case of Mr Nigel Evans MP which concerns allegations of a sexual nature.”
“We have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Evans.”
“He has been charged with two counts of indecent assault, five counts of sexual assault and one count of rape, relating to a total of seven alleged victims.”
Mr Evans arrived at the police station just before 9am in a silver Jaguar driven by his solicitor. The MP smiled at journalists, saying: “Thanks for coming.”
The MP was first arrested in May over claims of rape and indecent assault from two men who said the attacks took place in Pendleton in his Lancashire constituency between 2009 and March 2013.
Swansea-born Mr Evans was arrested again in June over three more claims of sex assault in Blackpool and London between 2003-2011.
He had stayed in his £103,000-a-year post despite standing back from his duties since his first arrest.
Pals said he had resigned to focus on his defence.
The MP, who came out as gay in 2010, will face Preston magistrates court on September 18.