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Ex-MP Charlie Elphicke said alleged sexual assault victim was ‘up for it’, court hears | UK News



Former Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke sexually assaulted a parliamentary worker and later claimed she was “up for it”, a court has heard.

The 49-year-old married father-of-two is accused of inviting the woman, in her early 20s at the time, to share some champagne with him on the parliamentary estate in 2016, before groping her breast.

The alleged victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said she rejected Elphicke’s advances.

Charlie Elphicke
Charlie Elphicke was MP for Dover between May 2010 and November 2019

The pair met again after the alleged assault, when Elphicke arranged a lunch, Southwark Crown Court heard.

A recording of a police interview was played to jurors on Thursday, in which the woman described meeting Elphicke again and he accused her of misleading him about her romantic intentions.

She told police: “He said ‘So, you’ve got a boyfriend then?’

“I said ‘No’.

“He said ‘Why not? Why haven’t you got a boyfriend?’

“I said ‘I don’t want one. Men are all a waste of time’.”

She said Elphicke then told her “you know I still really like you”, to which she replied that she was aware, but did not feel the same.

The woman said she was “absolutely shocked” when Elphicke appeared to be surprised by her latest snub.

She told police: “He said ‘Oh, why didn’t you say so?’

“I said ‘I can’t believe you made that comment’.

“He said ‘Why were you so up for it in the beginning?’

“I was absolutely shocked.

“I said ‘Oh my God, how can you look at that situation and say why weren’t you up for it?'”

Mr Elphicke’s wife, Natalie, has succeeded him as MP for Dover

The court previously heard that Elphicke had said “I’m so naughty sometimes” after the alleged assault in Westminster, and later ran his hand up the woman’s leg to her groin in a second incident that year.

The alleged victim also told police she had heard Elphicke say previously: “People in my good books go a long way. People in my bad books don’t.”

She told police: “The message I was getting was ‘Don’t p*** me off’.”

Elphicke denies three counts of sexual assault against two women, between 2007 and 2016.

He was elected as MP for Dover in 2010 and held the seat until standing down at December’s general election.

His wife Natalie succeeded him as MP for the constituency.

The trial continues.

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