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UK Parliament deputy speaker: Rape accusations 'completely false'

From Bharati Naik, CNN
updated 6:07 AM EDT, Sun May 5, 2013
Nigel Evans, seen her in 2011, was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault on May 4.
Nigel Evans, seen her in 2011, was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault on May 4.

(CNN) -- The deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons said Sunday the allegations of rape and sexual assault leveled against him are false.

Nigel Evans also said the incident has left him with "a sense of incredulity" because he considered the two accusers his friends.

'Yesterday I was interviewed by the police concerning two complaints - one of which dates back four years, made by two people who are well-known to each other, and who until yesterday I regarded as friends," he said in a statement.

"The complaints are completely false and I cannot understand why they have been made, especially as I have continued to socialise with one as recently as last week."

Evans was arrested Saturday in northwest England.

Lancashire police did not confirm the identity of the man, but they said they had released a 55-year-old man on bail after questioning him Saturday over offenses alleged by two men in their 20s.

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