One of Britain’s leading economists is at the centre of a police investigation into claims he assaulted a prostitute after the pair smoked crack cocaine together.
Professor Douglas McWilliams, a key figure who has advised Boris Johnson on housing policy, allegedly injured Beverley Shearon at her flat in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
She claims the married academic was a regular visitor and took drugs with her on New Year’s Eve before he “flipped out” when a neighbour arrived unannounced.
Professor McWilliams, executive chairman of influential City think-tank the Centre for Economic and Business Research, left the home but was later questioned by police. Ms Shearon, 47, says she was left with facial bruising, a black eye and a hand injury.
She told the Sun on Sunday: “He turned up at about 4pm and wanted a smoke. I was weak and let him.”
The self-confessed call girl claims she then performed a sex act on the Oxford-educated economist – who she called ‘Posh Rob’.
Not the beating up, obviously, but the drugs and the tarts (and the blow jobs as that’s what ” a sexual act” usually refers to) is more common among bankers than economists.
And as to why prostitution must remain legal: so that if one is attacked, as is alleged here, then she can go to the police and ask them to investigate and then, if called for, charge and prosecute.
Because, you know, beating someone up is a crime and it must be treated as such.