CHARLOTTE Edwardes, who previously worked with Boris Johnson, has accused the Prime Minister of groping her during a private lunch.
But who is she and what is Boris Johnson alleged to have done?
Journalist Charlotte Edwardes made allegations against PM Boris Johnson in a column in the Sunday Times’ Style magazine[/caption]
Who is Charlotte Edwardes?
Charlotte Edwardes is a journalist at the Sunday Times and a columnist for the newspaper’s Style magazine.
She says that Johnson, then editor of the Spectator, put his hand “high” up her leg and had “enough inner flesh beneath his fingers” to make her “sit suddenly upright”.
Edwardes was at the time a young newspaper reporter and occasional contributor to the magazine.
She says that after the dinner, she confided what had happened to the woman who had been sat on Johnson’s opposite side, who she knew.
She says the woman replied: “Oh God, he did exactly the same to me.”
Prime minister Boris Johnson has been accused of groping the thighs of two women at a dinner in 1999[/caption]
Was Boris Johnson married at the time?
Edwardes also alleges that throughout the dinner Johnson repeatedly referred to Wheeler as his “current wife”.
Johnson later became a Conservative MP and shadow arts minister, but was dismissed in late 2004 by then-opposition leader Michael Howard when allegations Boris had an affair with Spectator columnist Petronella Wyatt, which Johnson had publicly denied, were proved to be true.
Johnson and Wheeler separated in 2018 and are currently going through divorce proceedings.
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What is Edwardes’ link to Robert Peston?
Edwardes is herself currently in a relationship with ITV News political editor and former BBC News economics editor Robert Peston.
Edwardes was writing to mark the second anniversary of the start of the #MeToo movement, which began in October 2017 after allegations by dozens of women of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein emerged.
The movement saw women around the world sharing stories of sexual harassment and abuse they had suffered on social media using the hashtag #MeToo.