A member of the aristocratic household that owns the lavish property often called Clyvedon Citadel within the standard Netflix sequence “Bridgerton” has been accused of sexual assault of a minor.
The York Press reported Friday that Simon Howard, 65, was arrested and charged on two counts of indecent assault and gross indecency, which allegedly occurred at his house in 1984, in response to a police spokesperson in North Yorkshire.
The 300-year-old manor in Ryedale, dubbed Citadel Howard in actuality, has been within the noble Howard household for 10 generations. The 10,000-acre property boasts 145 rooms and is thought to be some of the well-kept manors in all of Nice Britain, evidenced by its look in numerous on-screen productions, together with “Bridgerton,” two tv variations of “Brideshead Revisited” and the 2016 British drama “Victoria.”
A spokesperson for the Howard household launched an announcement to the media in response to the allegations:
“Following an preliminary interview underneath police warning in July 2018, the Hon Simon Howard of Malton, North Yorkshire, has been charged underneath the Sexual Offences Act 1956 and is because of seem at Scarborough Magistrates Courtroom on Monday, February 15.
“The Crown Prosecution Service’s costs of indecent assault and incitement to commit an act of gross indecency outcome from a single alleged incident,” the assertion defined of the fees. “The incident is alleged to have taken place in early 1984 in Simon Howard’s house when he was married to his first spouse.”
They added that the Howard household is “shocked” by the information and imagine Simon is harmless of the fees — “which he denies within the strongest attainable phrases,” the assertion concluded.
A consultant of Citadel Howard additionally clarified that Simon “is now not concerned with Citadel Howard,” although he was as soon as director and shareholder of the property earlier than leaving the put up 5 years in the past.