Ex-Dragons’ Den star Doug Richard was arrested on suspicion of raping a 13-year-old girl on 5 January, it has been revealed.
He was released on bail after questioning and has denied the allegations.
In a statement to the Sunday Mirror, Richard said: “I absolutely deny the allegations made about me. It would be inappropriate to comment further given that the police are at a very early stage of their investigation.”
A spokesman for City of London Police said: “City of London Police detectives arrested a 56-year-old man on January 5 2015 on suspicion of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child, meeting a child following sexual grooming and rape of a girl under the age of consent. He was bailed on January 6 until March 2015.”
Richard, 56, appeared in the first two series of the BBC show Dragons’ Den. He has acted as an adviser to David Cameron and George Osborne.
He’s also the founder of School for Start Ups, an enterprise that aims to teach entrepreneurship in the UK in partnership with UK Universities, the Royal Institution and the British Library.
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