LONDON Crispin Odey, one of Britain’s highest-profile hedge fund managers and political donors, has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman, prosecutors said on Friday.
Odey has been charged with indecently assaulting a woman over the age of 16 in relation to an incident in 1998, a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said.
“The allegation is denied and I will strongly contest this matter,” Odey said in an email sent to Reuters by a representative.
London’s Metropolitan Police said the incident took place at an address in Swan Walk in the capital’s upmarket Chelsea district, the Thames riverside street where Odey has a home. He was charged on May 14.
Odey, 61 and founder of Odey Asset Management, declined to comment. He is due to appear in court on Sept. 28.
A prominent figure in the financial sector, Odey donated more than 870,000 pounds to the successful campaign to leave the European Union.
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Odey made headlines when he spent about 150,000 pounds on a Palladian-style stone temple to shelter chickens at his Gloucestershire mansion.
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