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    Female Journalist Accuses Ex-UK Defense Secretary Fallon of Trying to Kiss Her

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    It seems when you want to flirt with a girl, you should never forget that you are a highly placed official.

    Journalist Jane Merrick has pointed the finger at former British Defense Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, for making a lunge and trying to kiss her during a lunch appointment in 2003, when she was a junior political reporter and Fallon served as a member of the Treasury Select Committee.

    Merrick reported the incident to Downing Street just two hours before Fallon tendered his resignation earlier this week, admitting that his behavior had "fallen short" of the standards expected by the UK military.

    Jane Merrick
    Jane Merrick

    Media outlets quoted Merrick as saying that the incident took place when she was a 29-year-old reporter at the Daily Mail and that she "felt humiliated, ashamed."

    READ MORE: Downing Street Denies Fallon Fired for 'Warm Up Your Hands' Comment to Leadsom

    "Was I even guilty that maybe I had led him on in some way by drinking with him? After years of having a drink with so many other MPs who have not acted inappropriately towards me, I now know I was not," she said.

    In late October, allegations surfaced that Fallon "repeatedly and inappropriately" touched journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer's knee during a dinner in 2002. Two days after the allegations were made public Fallon revealed he was stepping down from his high-profile role.


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