Katie Price ‘rape’: police ask questions
Is the reality TV star’s allegation genuine - or a PR stunt that’s gone too far?
Was Katie Price, the former topless model and reality TV star who used to go by the name Jordan, really raped several years ago "by a famous celebrity"? Or has a PR ruse by one of the country's most adroit self-publicists got out of hand?
Police say they will question Price over allegations she has made that she was raped by an unnamed man with whom she went on a few dates some time before she became married.
Price, 31, has said she will "absolutely never" name the man and had no intention of reporting the matter officially. But after it emerged that she let slip the alleged attacker's name off-air during filming of her ITV2 reality show, What Katie Did Next, Surrey police felt bound to look into it.
A police spokesman said: "We are trying to establish whether any offence has occurred. We need to see her because very serious allegations have surfaced in the media."
Price made the sex attack accusation after newspapers raised questions about her new boyfriend Alex Reid allegedly filming a rape scene for an upcoming movie.
What many observers are asking is why, if it is true, she never reported it to police at the time. And if she was raped, why is significant that he is "a famous celebrity"? Would she have reported him if he had not been a celebrity?
The situation is reminiscent of the 2003 Ulrika Jonsson case. Another eager self-publicist, she claimed in her autobiography that she had been raped by an anonymous man. She never revealed his identity, but the name of TV presenter John Leslie was bandied about media circles and eventually leaked by Matthew Wright, host of Channel 5's The Wright Stuff, as the alleged culprit. Leslie denied the accusation and was never charged, but his career and reputation have suffered as a result.
ITV staffers who heard Price let slip her alleged attacker's name are under strict instructions not to repeat it. But media watchers feel certain it will be posted or blurted out soon. The question is whether Price will be found to have harboured a genuine and painful secret - or will be vilified for wasting police time and doing genuine rape victims no favours. ·
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