Richard Holden.

Richard Holden is not named on the now-infamous Tory Sleaze spreadsheet – probably because he isn’t an MP.

He is a Conservative, though – and was an aide of Michael Fallon, working with him at the Ministry of Defence.

It seems there are more stories to be told – although (as Mr Holden’s statement makes clear) whether they are true has yet to be determined.

A former special adviser to Sir Michael Fallon is being investigated by police over a sexual assault allegation from a woman in her 20s, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Richard Holden is accused of assaulting the woman at a party in London in December 2016. The incident was reported to police, and Holden was interviewed under caution in February this year.

Holden, who stood as the Tory candidate in Preston at the 2015 general election, was one of Fallon’s senior aides, advising the now former defence secretary on media strategy following a long career at Conservative HQ. He has since left the Ministry of Defence.

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the Metropolitan police said: “Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating an allegation of sexual assault on a woman in her 20s.

“The alleged incident is understood to have occurred at a residential address in Vauxhall in December 2016. On 15 February 2017 a man in his 30s voluntarily attended a south London police station in relation to this incident and was interviewed under caution.”

The Met would not confirm who the complaint was against, but a source confirmed Holden’s identity to BuzzFeed News.

In a statement, Holden said: “I totally refute the allegation of a section three assault that has been made against me. It is completely and utterly untrue. I am confident that once the facts of the matter have been heard it shall be seen for what it is. I look forward to clearing my name in court.”

Section three of the Sexual Offences Act is concerned with sexual assault.

Source: Michael Fallon’s Former Aide Is Being Investigated By Police Over A Sexual Assault Allegation


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