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Gay politician Nigel Evans cleared of all charges of rape

Gay politician Nigel Evans cleared of all charges of rape

British gay politician Nigel Evans was cleared of all charges of rape and sexual assault in court today (10 April).

The former deputy speaker of the House of Commons was on trial for rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and an attempted sexual assault against seven young men from 2003 to 2013.

While the 56-year-old admitted to making ‘drunken passes’ at men in his past, he denied all of the charges and said he was innocent.

As the not guilty verdict was read out at Preston Crown Court, the former Conservative member of parliament wept with joy.

Evans was forced to resign as deputy speaker after he was charged in September 2013.

After coming out as gay in December 2010, he has since been a vocal supporter of LGBTI rights.