A man who says that Nigel Evans twice put his hands down his trousers at the Tory party conference today dismissed the former deputy speaker as a ‘drunken lech’ and insisted his actions did not constitute sexual assault.
Evans tried to grope the alleged victim during a late-night encounter in a hotel bar in Blackpool in 2003 despite the presence of a journalist nearby, Preston Crown Court heard.
Giving evidence yesterday, the man said that he was ‘annoyed and embarrassed’ by the MP’s advances – but did not want to make a formal complaint or involve the police.
Accusations of similar behaviour by men on women, such as Jimmy Savile and the hairy cornflake, are taken to be by both the alleged victims and the society in general to be tantamount to rape if not at the very least sexual assault.
Perhaps it’s just the attitude of this one man: or perhaps there really is some difference in what is considered to be a sexual assault. I’ve certainly been the “victim” of a drunken fumble and while it was unwelcome and rejected and I didn’t think that it amounted to a crime somehow.