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Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law was arrested and accused of rape of a minor in the 1990s

David Matthews (seen here with his wife, Jane) was arrested and accused of rape of a minor in the late 1990s.

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The father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, was Tuesday arrested in France and charged with the rape of a minor in the late 1990s.

David Matthews, 74, the father of Middleton’s husband, James Matthews, was arrested at the Airport of Orly in Paris, The Telegraph reported.

Matthews was charged with “rape of a minor by a person with authority over the victim,” Thursday by a French magistrate. The incident reportedly occurred sometime between 1998 and 1999, while the family was on holiday in the country. Matthews’ “cousin” reportedly filed a complaint with the police in 2017 about the alleged incidents, the Daily Beast reported. She reportedly told the authorities that they are “not quite of legal age” when the alleged abuse took place in Paris and St. Barts.

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Researchers are studying the allegations for six months to determine whether the matter should be brought to justice.

A spokesman for Matthews, told the Daily Mail that he “categorically denies the accusation and unambiguously matches the false and scandalous accusation.”

Pippa Middleton married James Matthews, a hedge fund manager, in May of 2017. Matthews father, David (right) was charged with the rape of a minor.

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Matthews, a multimillionaire and the father of James and Spencer, a reality tv star, was a race car driver, but retired in 1973 after a hard crash. He is a successful producer and owner of the Eden Rock hotel in St. Barts, where famous guests have included Elton John and Leonard DiCaprio.

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James Matthews, 42, a hedge fund manager, married Pippa, 34, in May of 2017. Middleton, the sister, Catherine, her brother-in-law, Prince William, and their two children, George and Charlotte, attended the ceremony. Prince Harry was on the high-profile event, and his now-fiancee, Meghan Markle, connected with the reception.

Matthews’ youngest son, Michael, died in 1999 while descending Mt. Everest. His body was never found.

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews married in May of 2017.

(Reuters)

Kensington Palace did not immediately comment on the report.

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