MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Minister of State for Courts and Justice Dominic Raab has refuted allegations of sexual abuse made on an anonymously complied list of Conservative lawmakers and ministers, calling such claims "false and malicious."
"Any insinuation that I have engaged in anything resembling sexual harassment, sexually abusive behaviour or lewd remarks with either Parliamentary colleagues or staff (in any job I have done) is false and malicious," Raab said in a statement.
A list, whose provenance is unclear, has reportedly been shared among lawmakers, their staff and journalists in the last few days. It attributes, without verification, various acts of sexual misconduct to 40 Conservative lawmakers and ministers.
Rory Stewart, the minister of state for Africa, was alleged in the list to have asked a parliamentary researcher Sophie Bolsover to engage in unspecified inappropriate activities. However, Bolsover issued a statement on Wednesday, stating that "Rory Stewart was never anything other than completely professional" during her time in parliament.
Sexual harassment scandals have been apearing consistently, following a scandal around Harvey Weinstein, American film producer and former film studio executive.