David Matthews, father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, charged with alleged rape

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A judicial official says that the father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, the sister of the wife of Britain's Prince William, has been handed preliminary charges by a French judge for alleged rape of a minor for events in the 1990s. He was charged with "rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim" with incidents in both Paris and St. Barths, according to AFP as per Perez Hilton.

He was seized by police from France's child protection unit at Paris Orly Airport on Tuesday, over two historic rape allegations.

A complaint was lodged in 2017.

David Matthews, a 74-year-old multi-millionaire, was in custody in Paris for 48 hours but has now been released on bail.

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It is now remains to be seen if David, who lives permanently on St. Bart's with wife Jane, has retained his passport or if he will be able to travel home.

French law states that the status of formal investigation means there is "serious or consistent evidence" of the suspect's involvement in the alleged crime.

A spokesman for Matthews addressed the allegations on the high-profile hotelier, denying it "unequivocally". The site stated that France authorities will be investigating the case in six months before deciding whether or not he will be brought to trial. Matthews is a former race vehicle driver and self-made millionaire who owns the super private and luxe Eden Rock Hotel in St. Barts.

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