Ex-U.K. Commons Deputy Speaker Evans Pleads Not Guilty to Rape

Nigel Evans, the ex-deputy speaker of the U.K. House of Commons, pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges at Preston Crown Court today.

Nigel Evans is charged with one count of male rape, six counts of sexual assault on a man and two counts of indecent assault on a man, dating back to 2002, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Evans, elected as a Conservative lawmaker representing the seat of Ribble Valley in Lancashire, north west England, was first arrested in May. He resigned as the deputy speaker in September.

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