British pop legend in police probe over ‘raping a 14-year-old virgin after plying her with champagne in the 1970s’ is ‘petrified’ after his name is circulated online
- Woman says she was pinned down by the singer and attacked in his hotel suite
- Alleged victim claims she was invited after being chosen from crowd by guard
- Woman, now in her 50s, says she was covered in bruises following alleged attack
- Police have launched an investigation into the claims and met with the woman
- Singer, who cannot be named in the UK for legal reasons, is ‘petrified’ after he was revealed as the alleged offender on news websites in other countries
The woman, who is now in her 50s, claims that after the star gave her multiple glasses of champagne, he pushed her down on the bed at his hotel suite in the 1970s
A British pop legend, who is being investigated over claims he raped a 14-year-old girl, is said to be living in fear after his name was circulated around the world.
The singer, who cannot be named in the UK for legal reasons, was revealed as the alleged offender on news websites in other countries.
An old picture of the complainant, now in her 50s, with the superstar also emerged online.
The singer has not been arrested, questioned or charged with any offence, but police have launched an investigation into the woman’s claims.
A source told The Sun that he was ‘petrified’ after his name circulated on the internet.
The woman says she was plied with champagne by the singer who then pinned her down and attacked her in his hotel suite in the 1970s in an ordeal that ‘affected [her] entire life’.
The alleged victim claims she was invited to the star’s hotel after being chosen from the crowd by his bodyguard.
She says she was left covered in bruises following the alleged attack which has left her struggling to have relationships with men.
The girl was attending the concert with a 13-year-old friend after being given free tickets, according to The Sun.
They are said to have hoped for the solo star’s autograph but the ‘naive’ 14-year-old was separated from her friend and taken to the performer’s hotel room.
A comedian, a female friend of the artist and a backing singer were said to have been waiting in the suite.
The star then allegedly appeared wearing a short white robe before posing for photos with the girl while putting his arm around her waist.
The woman, who is now in her 50s, told The Sun that after the star gave her multiple glasses of champagne, he pushed her down on the bed.
Police have launched an investigation into the claims and met with the woman last week, it has been reported. A spokesman for New Scotland Yard, pictured, said the allegations are ‘under investigation’
She said: ‘His gown was off. I was wearing a jumpsuit. He zipped it down and what had started as affectionate and safe, almost, was suddenly becoming painful and forceful, not comfortable.
‘I was confused and couldn’t understand where the pain was coming from.’
She is said to have initially made the claims in 2013 to the Metropolitan Police – but because the alleged offence happened abroad it was out of the jurisdiction of detectives.
But now a new prosecutor and investigating officer have been assigned to the case despite a probe being opened and quickly dropped in August 2014.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said earlier this month: ‘This office can confirm an investigation has been conducted regarding a rape case reported during 2014. It is still under investigation.’