June 27
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The newly-appointed Minister for Solidarity, Autonomy and Disabled People, Damien Abad has been caught up in a scandal after several women accused him of rape, The Guardian reported.

According to the publication, the politician is suspected of at least two incidents that occurred in 2010 and 2011.

Abad himself, who was appointed minister on May 20, categorically denies all accusations. According to the politician, he is not capable of any sexual violence, including because he suffers from arthrogryposis, a congenital disease of the musculoskeletal system that affects the limbs of a person.

As the minister noted, he is not going to resign from his post, because he considers himself completely innocent and sees no reason for such a step. Moreover, Abad assured the French that he was going to focus on his work.

The allegations against the French minister were originally published by the Mediapart portal. According to him, one woman claims that she went to dinner with a politician in October 2010, drank one glass of champagne, and then woke up next to him in a hotel room in only her underwear. The second claims that she spent the night with Abad in 2011, according to her, at first she agreed to be close to the politician, but then asked him to stop, which he allegedly did not.

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