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Music legend accused of groping man in hotel toilets

Police investigating claims that the unnamed singer fondled alleged victim’s ‘private parts’ at upmarket London venue

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A high-profile British music star is facing a police investigation after being accused of sexually assaulting a young man ten years ago, according to reports.

The unnamed singer - described by The Sun as “a household name who is idolised by fans” - is accused of groping the man in the toilets of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge. 

“The complainant is said to have been working in TV and had previously met the singer on another occasion through a mutual friend,” reports the newspaper.

Metro says the alleged assault is claimed to have occurred as the victim “left a cubicle attempting to do up a button on his trousers”.

The musician was waiting outside the cubicle and “put his hands round his private parts”, adds The Sun.

The Metropolitan Police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched. A spokesperson said: “On 5 October 2018, a man contacted police to allege that he was sexually assaulted by another man in February 2009 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Westminster SW1.

“Officers from Westminster are investigating. There has been no arrest.”

A source told The Sun: “The allegation in this instance is a single matter and the police are trying to decide whether they can to take it forward.”

The singer is reported to strongly deny the allegation.

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