'Sir Clement Freud Raped Me': Third Woman Comes Forward in Historic Sex Abuse Case

Clement Freud
English broadcaster, writer, politician and chef Clement Freud in London with his fiancee June Flewett, June 28, 1950. Jill Freud, now 89, said she was “deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women.” Ron Burton/Getty

A third woman has come forward claiming she was sexually abused by the late Liberal MP Sir Clement Freud.

Vicky Hayes, now 64, was befriended by Freud after he met her when she waited on him in her family's fish and chip shop in Lincoln, in the East Midlands, England. She told ITV News that the politician, who died in 2009, raped her in the mid-1960s when she was 17.

Her allegation follows accusations from two other women who say they were abused by Freud as children.

In response to those claims, Freud's widow Jill Freud, 89, said she was "deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women."

Mrs Hayes told ITV News that Freud would frequently visit her father's Lincoln seafood restaurant, known as Syd's, in the mid-1960s, and that she had first met him when she was 14. She said she was 17 when he took her on an overnight trip to the races and raped her.

"I just lay there afraid, scared, and he forced himself on me and took my virginity," she said.

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