UAE Minister alleged of sexual harassment of a staff member at British Literary Festival

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UAE Minister alleged of sexual harassment of a staff member at British Literary Festival

ABU DHABI: An Abu Dhabi minister has denied claims that he sexually assaulted a staff member at a British literary festival in the city after organisers vowed not to return in light of the alleged incident.

Caitlin McNamara, who was launching the Hay Festival in the UAE’s capital, said she was attacked by the minister for tolerance Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan on Valentine’s Day this year.

London lawyers Schillings said the sheikh denies the allegations, which the festival had branded an “appalling violation and a hideous abuse of trust and position”.

In a statement to Sky News, Schillings commented: “Our client is surprised and saddened by this allegation, which arrives eight months after the alleged incident and via a national newspaper. The account is denied.”