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02/15/2019 19:35 EST | Updated 02/15/2019 21:17 EST

Ex-B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell Accused Of Sex Assault, Reports Daily Telegraph

It allegedly happened in 2013 when he was Canada's High Commissioner to the U.K.

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Canada's former High Commissioner to the U.K. Gordon Campbell, centre, waits for the start of the women's singles tennis final at the Wimbledon event in London on July 5, 2014.

LONDON — A British newspaper says police in London are investigating an allegation of sexual assault made against former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell.

The Daily Telegraph says Scotland Yard is investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner.

The newspaper says in a story published online on Friday that the complainant, 54, alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January.

The woman is named by the newspaper, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their consent.

The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday.

This complaint ... became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit.Unnamed spokesman

Campbell also could not be reached for comment but the Daily Telegraph says a spokesman for him says the alleged incident was investigated and dismissed.

"This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the government of Canada and was found to be without merit," the newspaper quotes the unnamed spokesman as saying.

'... hand went up my backside'

The newspaper says a statement by Scotland Yard says the woman alleges she was sexually assaulted at an address in Grosvenor Square and that no arrests have been made as it continues its investigation.

The Canadian Press was not able to contact the woman quoted by the Daily Telegraph.

The outlet says the woman alleges a "hand went up my backside" as she climbed the main staircase at Canada House on her way to a meeting.

Global Affairs Canada could not be reached for comment.

Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016.

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