The police In London said that they arrested a man In his 50s on Saturday on suspicion of rape as part of an investigation into four incidents between July 2019 and January involving accusations of sexual offenses and assault.
The police did not release the suspect’s name or confirm his occupation.
The former parliamentary employee who accused the lawmaker of rape and assault said that she was so traumatized that she had to go to the hospital, The Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper reported that another Conservative lawmaker spoke to the woman a month ago and then discussed the allegations with two members of Mr. Johnson’s government: Mark Spencer, the chief whip, whose job it is the to wrangle lawmakers before votes, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the House of Commons.
The woman also spoke directly with Mr. Spencer, the newspaper reported.
Mr. Spencer’s office said In a statement that he “takes all allegations of harassment and abuse extremely seriously and has strongly encouraged anybody who has approached him to contact the appropriate authorities, including Parliament’s independent complaints and grievance scheme.”
The Conservative Party also said it took “all allegations of this nature extremely seriously.”
Complaints about bullying, abuse and sexual harassment In the British Parliament have circulated for years, and scrutiny of that culture has increased since the beginning of the #MeToo movement.