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Andrew Griffiths: Former Tory MP raped his wife, judge finds

A judge concluded Andrew Griffiths pressured Kate Griffiths to engage in sexual activity and use ‘coercive and controlling behaviour’ (Image: BPM Media)

A former Conservative minister raped and physically abused his wife, a family court judge has found after reviewing evidence at a separate trial.

Judge Elizabeth Williscroft also concluded that Andrew Griffiths, 51, pressured Kate Griffiths, the Conservative MP for Burton, Staffordshire, to engage in sexual activity and use ‘coercive and controlling behaviour. ‘.

Mr. Griffiths, who was an MP for Burton and minister of small business, and was Theresa MayChief of staff, resigned in July 2018 after a Sunday newspaper reported that he had sent ‘deplorable’ text messages to two women.

He is said to have attacked a 28-year-old maid and her friend with lewd social media comments over a three-week period.

Judge Williscroft reached the conclusion, on the balance of probabilities, against Mr Griffiths, in November 2020.

The judge oversaw the dispute between Mr and Mrs Griffiths, now divorced, centered on a child at the private family trials in Derby.

Mrs Griffiths, also 51, brought a series of charges against Mr Griffiths and asked Judge Williscroft to draw a conclusion about the facts.

Mr Griffiths denied the allegations brought by Ms Griffiths and ‘firmly denied’ the rape.

Judge Williscroft made the findings in Ms Griffiths’ favor but decided that the findings should not be made public in order to protect the child at the heart of the case.

A more senior Supreme Court judge later ruled that Judge Williscroft’s findings should be disclosed, and he and Griffiths named them, after the two journalists learned of the case and let them know. that the public has a right to know.

Judge Williscroft asked Justice Lieven, who is based in the Family Division of the Supreme Court, to review the arguments for going public.

Justice Lieven heard the journalists’ application for permission to report on Judge Williscroft’s investigation, and named him and Mrs Griffiths, at a separate hearing in London, and ruled in favor of Judge Williscroft. surname.

Mr Griffiths challenged Ms Justice Lieven’s ruling and asked the Court of Appeal judges to review the case.

Andrew Griffiths arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice in London (Image: PA)

Three appellate judges on Friday dismissed his appeal and the findings of Judge Williscroft, and Mrs. Justice Lieven, could be made public.

Ms Griffiths has supported journalists’ publishing struggles and agreed to be named in media reports – even though victims of sexual abuse have a legal right to anonymity.

Mr. Griffiths objected to publication.

He argued that disclosing Judge Williscroft’s findings, and publishing his and Miss Griffiths’ names, would harm the child at the heart of the case and damage the relationship. his with the child.

Justice Lieven ruled against Mr Griffiths.

But she said that the child at the center of the case could not be named in media reports.

Kate Griffiths, MP for Burton in Staffordshire, has given up her legal right to anonymity in an attempt to help journalists reveal the family court judge’s findings (Image: PA)

In a written ruling on the public arguments, Ms Justice Lieven said: ‘(Judge Williscroft) found that the father had physically abused the mother on more than one occasion.

‘The judge found that the father used coercive and controlling behaviour, including pressuring the mother to engage in sexual activity.

‘The judge found that the father had raped the mother … on more than one occasion.’

Justice Lieven said she balances the media’s right to freedom of speech with the right to respect for her family and private life.

She said she had made an ‘in-depth and factual investigation’ and concluded that Judge Williscroft’s findings should be made public.


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The senior judge added: ‘I accept that, on the concrete facts of this case, there is a substantial and legitimate public interest in publishing the verdict including the parties to be identified.

‘The father has a prominent and powerful position in Great Britain.

‘Importantly, his role as an MP and as a minister means he has a role to play in formulating legislation, including on issues related to domestic abuse .

‘The fact that he is only an MP, let alone a minister, means that there is strong public interest in learning of a judge’s finding of conduct of the nature set forth in the bill. judgment.

‘The democratic system relies on the media being able to publish information about elected representatives, especially when the information comes from findings in court rulings.’

Charlotte Proudman, the attorney representing Ms. Griffiths, told Ms. Justice Lieven that another woman had previously complained of harassment about Mr. Griffiths to police.

Mrs Griffiths and Mr Griffiths separated after he resigned and became embroiled in a dispute in family court overseen by Judge Williscroft.

She did not file a rape complaint with the police.

But she told Judge Williscroft that Mr Griffiths raped and abused her when they were married and when he was an MP, and asked Judge Williscroft to release the findings.

Mr Griffiths ‘firmly’ denied Ms Griffiths’ rape allegation.

He said he had ‘never had any form of sex without consent’.

Mr Griffiths said he was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the court’s decision to allow the proceedings to be released (Image: PA)

Mr Griffiths said in a written statement: ‘I am deeply disappointed that the Court of Appeal has authorized the publication of family court proceedings. Publishing was a huge legal step with implications for me, my daughter, and many others.

‘Although there are still legal constraints on what I can say, because the full verdict has not been made public, I strongly deny the charges brought against me. However, the Family Court, which I believe is private, has reached a conclusion against me regarding the balance of probabilities. It is important that the media do not misrepresent the findings or the proceedings.

‘I love my daughter very much and it has always been my aim to protect her from publicity so that she can accept these proceedings from public scrutiny. I will continue to do what I can to repair the damage the publication of this case has caused, and I will support my daughter in any way I can. ‘

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