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UK festival curator accuses UAE minister of sex assault

LONDON (AP) — The chair of Britain’s Hay literary festival says the event will not return to Abu Dhabi after one of the festival’s curators alleged that she was sexually assaulted by the tolerance minister of the United Arab Emirates while working with him. Lawyers for the minister later denied her account. The Sunday Times reported that Caitlin McNamara alleged she was attacked in February by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family. The Times said McNamara claimed she was assaulted by the sheikh when they met at a remote island villa. British lawyers for Sheikh Nahyan denied McNamara’s account, saying he was “surprised and saddened by this allegation.” Britain’s Metropolitan Police confirmed that a woman contacted the force on July 3 to report the case.

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