BBC Newsnight accuses sex abuse inquiry of assault cover-up


Martin Evans, crime correspondent Robert Mendick, chief reporter

28 OCTOBER 2016

The BBC last night sensationally accused the national child sex abuse inquiry of covering up an allegation of indecent assault of a member of staff by a senior colleague.

The alleged cover-up was categorically denied by the inquiry as well as the alleged perpetrator, whose lawyers told Newsnight the allegations were “completely false”.

The man was identified by the BBC Newsnight programme although the corporation admitted it had no evidence the assault took place.

The Telegraph has chosen not to identify him for legal reasons.

In 2013 the BBC was forced to apologise after Newsnight wrongly accused Lord McAlpine of being involved in the alleged sexual abuse of children at north Wales care homes.

It is not true that an inquiry worker made a complaint of sexual assault to the Chair or to the panel or to an official Inquiry spokesman

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