Minister and No. 10 aide face charges of sexual misconduct
A Cabinet minister and senior No 10 aide to Boris Johnson’s government are facing allegations of sexual misconduct.
Sky News has reported allegations from two women detailing how they were allegedly assaulted and groped by government figures.
The charges come as Mr Johnson prepares to end his term as Prime Minister, which was cut short after the Chris Pincher scandal.
A woman told Sky News she had been ‘sexually assaulted by someone who is now a Cabinet minister’.
She added: “I was in my early twenties and didn’t really know how to deal with it.
“I was super drunk, he’s giving me more wine and I’m already obviously drunk, but after a while I was like, ‘You know what? Would you mind if I just went to bed? So I went to bed, but obviously he didn’t leave me alone.
A second woman said she was working at a Tory event when she was groped, adding: ‘I turned around and this guy was just looking at me.
She complained and brought it up again when the man was due to get a top job at No 10, but ‘nothing happened’.
Responding to allegations about a Cabinet minister, a government spokesperson said: ‘We take allegations of misconduct extremely seriously and there are robust procedures in place for raising concerns. All ministerial appointments also follow established processes.
Regarding the allegations that a No 10 aide groped another woman, the spokesperson said: “All future government employees are subject to the necessary checks and vetting. We do not comment on individuals.
A Tory spokesperson told Sky News the party had an “established code of conduct and a complaints procedure where people can report complaints in confidence”.
“We take any complaints seriously,” they added.
In July, Mr Johnson’s death was sparked by his handling of accusations of inappropriate behavior by former deputy chief Mr Pincher.
Sky News has not named any of the men accused of sexual misconduct in order to protect the alleged victims.