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A British girl engaged on a literary pageant within the United Arab Emirates, has alleged she was sexually assaulted in February by the UAE minister for tolerance, in response to The Sunday Times newspaper.

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, 69, who has denied any wrongdoing, is being investigated by Scotland Yard, the newspaper mentioned in an article on Sunday.

The assault allegedly occurred when Hay literary pageant employee Caitlin McNamara, 32, who has waived her proper to anonymity, visited the minister at a non-public island villa on Valentine’s day, the report mentioned.

The alleged sufferer mentioned the assault occurred when she accepted an invite to satisfy the sheikh shortly earlier than the opening of the inaugural Hay Festival Abu Dhabi.

In the UK, she later made a proper criticism to the Metropolitan Police who’re investigating it as an allegation of rape, the report added.

Chair of the Hay Festival board, Caroline Michel, mentioned: “What happened to our friend and colleague Caitlin McNamara in Abu Dhabi last February was an appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position.

“Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan made a mockery of his ministerial responsibilities and tragically undermined his government’s attempt to work with Hay Festival to promote free speech and female empowerment,” The Sunday Times report quoted her as saying in an announcement.

London libel legal professionals Schillings informed The Sunday Times: “Our client is surprised and saddened by this allegation, which arrives eight months after the alleged incident and via a national newspaper. The account is denied.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed {that a} girl contacted officers in July to report an allegation of rape.

“An initial statement has been taken from the woman,” it mentioned.

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