Maxwell ‘sexual assault’: Former PR exec claims boss forced himself on her

Ghislaine Maxwell, the founder of Public Relations executive firm Brand X Agency, has been accused of sexually assaulting an employee. A former executive at Public Relations executive firm Brand X Agency has accused founder…

Maxwell 'sexual assault': Former PR exec claims boss forced himself on her

Ghislaine Maxwell, the founder of Public Relations executive firm Brand X Agency, has been accused of sexually assaulting an employee.

A former executive at Public Relations executive firm Brand X Agency has accused founder Ghislaine Maxwell of sexual assault.

Rebekah Havard gave a statement to police about her 2016 complaint against the former CEO. The charge of sexual assault against Maxwell was dismissed in January.

The accusation comes a week after a former staff member at the same firm filed a lawsuit against her former boss for sexual harassment and discrimination.

Rebekah Havard, now 33, worked for 11 years for Public Relations executive firm Brand X Agency.

Ms Havard told police in March that the alleged assault took place inside the agency’s offices in central London’s Marylebone in March 2016, when she was part of the Brand X editorial team.

In the statement to Scotland Yard, Ms Havard alleged Maxwell would often force himself on her.

Maxwell, 51, reportedly admitted to police that he had forced himself on her, but denied her claims of sexual assault.

‘Power trip’

In January, the CPS announced that no charge would be brought against Maxwell over the allegation, while four charges involving her then assistant, Kara Geiger, were dropped.

In a statement, Ms Havard has told Channel 4 News that after the decision was taken, she felt devastated and humiliated.

“I felt betrayed by everything that had been going on with the allegation of sexual assault. I didn’t know how to say no,” she said.

“It was obvious to me and others, that this was a power trip.

“I’m not quite sure how I ever got through it again and I don’t even think I ever will.

“It was crushing and I was certain it would ruin everything for me.”

The woman who made the complaint told the court she is no longer in contact with Maxwell.

The woman added that despite her complaint, Maxwell did not appear to make any lessons or apologies for the allegations.

Her statement continued: “I was never asked, or expected, to seek professional help.

“I was made to feel like I was to blame for what had happened.”

A lawyer for Maxwell, Mark Stephens, has said that the accusation against his client has been “discredited” by eyewitness evidence and by an email chain.

When asked if Maxwell would fight the judge’s ruling, his lawyer said: “Our client intends to take this matter to the next court.”

Follow our live blog as the case continues and more stories emerge.

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