Football legend George Best has been arrested on suspicion of indecently assaulting a young girl, it emerged today.
The ex-Manchester United star is alleged to have attacked the girl, who is aged under 13, at an address in Surrey last month.
A spokesman for Surrey Police said:
“We have received an allegation of indecent assault against a 59-year-old man who was arrested on June 9. The allegations concern a girl under the age of 13, and the incident is said to have taken place in May.” He added:
“We’re not prepared to discuss details of this investigation any further.”
Last week the former football star spent more than nine hours at a police station in Staines, being questioned about an incident when he allegedly punched a 34-year-old woman outside the home of his ex-lover, Gina Devivo, in Ewell, Surrey.
A police source confirmed later that Best was arrested on June 9 in connection with both alleged offences.
A source quoted in The Sun said Best denied the claims against him.
Best, who had a liver transplant after years of alcohol abuse, was reported to be staying with his ex-wife Alex at their old marital home in Lower Kingswood.
- Arsenal striker Robin van Persie has been arrested in Holland on suspicion of rape. The 21-year-old Dutch star was held yesterday in Rotterdam, prosecution spokeswoman Jei Chen de Graaf said.
The incident is alleged to have happened at the weekend.
Van Persie joined Arsenal for £2.75 million from Feyenoord last summer and scored 10 goals last season.
June 14, 2005
George Best Arrested over ‘Child Sex Abuse’ The Evening Standard Byline: PAUL SIMS
GEORGE BEST was today at the centre of a police probe into allegations he molested a young girl.
The Manchester United legend was quizzed by detectives on suspicion of indecently assaulting the child at an address in Surrey.
A source close to Best said: “The child abuse claim has devastated George – and understandably driven him demented.”
Best was arrested on 9 June and interviewed at Staines police station over claims said to involve a girl under 13.
She has been interviewed by specially trained child welfare officers.
The source added: “The police are still continuing to investigate and George will have to wait a while longer before he knows whether any further action will be taken. This is the worst thing that has ever happened to him.”
A Surrey Police spokesman confirmed Best’s arrest. “We have received an allegation of indecent assault against a 59-year-old man who was arrested on 9 June,” he said.
“The allegations concern a girl under the age of 13, and the incident-is said to have taken place in May. We’re not prepared to discuss details of this investigation any further.…
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