French prosecutors are investigating allegations by means of two ladies who say they have been raped by means of Tariq Ramadan, a famend Islamic scholar and Oxford professor.
One of them, Henda Ayari, informed a French TV interviewer that Mr Ramadan had assaulted her in a Paris resort in 2012.
“He literally pounced on me like a wild animal,” she stated.
In a Facebook submit Prof Ramadan denied the accusations, calling them “a campaign of lies”, and stated his legal professional was once suing the ladies for “slander”.
Ms Ayari used to put on the Islamic full-face veil however is now a mundane feminist activist.
She stated the sexual harassment scandal surrounding Hollywood movie multi-millionaire Harvey Weinstein had emboldened her to accuse Mr Ramadan explicitly.
Many ladies international have shared accounts of sexual harassment the usage of the Twitter hashtag #MeToo. In France the similar is #balancetonporc, which means “expose your pig”.
Ms Ayari had up to now printed an account of an alleged attack in a ebook, with out naming the person.
Speaking on BFMTV, she stated she had long gone to Mr Ramadan’s resort room to invite him questions on Islam and on the time “I admired him very much”.
Referring to the alleged rape, she stated “he kissed me really hard… then for a few seconds he choked me, I really thought I was going to die”.
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The 2d girl – a convert to Islam – has alleged that she was once raped by means of Tariq Ramadan in a resort in Lyon in 2009.
Mr Ramadan denounced the allegations as “a campaign of slander clearly orchestrated by my long-time adversaries”.
Islamic militant or modern?
He is a arguable and influential determine amongst Muslim students. He demanding situations fundamentalist Islam, however some critics accuse him of selling political Islam.
A Swiss nationwide, he’s the grandson of Hassan al-Banna, who based the Muslim Brotherhood.
Since 2009 he has been professor of recent Islamic research at St Antony’s College, Oxford. He has additionally sat on a UK Foreign Office advisory team on freedom of faith.