Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law charged with raping a child

Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law charged with raping a child


Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law has been charged with raping a child and was in custody in Paris Friday, the AFP reported, citing a legal source.

He was arrested on arrival at the Paris Orly airport Tuesday and was released on bail Friday.

David Matthews, 73, allegedly carried out the assault between 1998 and 1999 while vacationing in France, according to the report.

Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law, David Matthews, has been charged with raping a minor, the AFP reported Friday. 

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A family spokesperson told the Daily Mail that "David Matthews categorically denies the allegation and unequivocally contests the untrue and scandalous accusation."

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France’s Juvenile Protection Brigade is handling the case after a relative reported Matthews in 2017.

Pippa Middleton, left, and her husband James Matthews hold hands at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London on July 14, 2017. Matthews’ father is in custody in France.

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Matthews was charged with the “rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim,” AFP reported.

Matthews’ son, James Matthews, 41, is married to Pippa Middleton, the 34-year-old sister of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who is married to Prince William.