London (CNN)The sexual harassment scandal that has rocked British politics took a new twist Saturday after one of Britain's most senior ministers denied allegations that "extreme" pornographic material was found on his work computer in 2008.
British minister Damian Green denies computer pornography allegations
Damian Green, the first secretary of state and effectively Prime Minister Theresa May's deputy, said the story, which was first reported in The Sunday Times, was "completely untrue and comes from a tainted and untrustworthy source."
According to The Sunday Times, former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick alleged that the material was discovered on one of Green's parliamentary computers by police officers conducting an inquiry into government leaks in 2008.
"The allegations about the material and computer, now nine years old, are false, disreputable political smears from a discredited police officer acting in flagrant breach of his duty to keep the details of police investigations confidential, and amount to little more than an unscrupulous character assassination," Green said in a statement published on Twitter.
The allegations against Green come on the same day that journalist and CNN contributor Jane Merrick revealed that former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon lunged at her and attempted to kiss her on the lips after a lunch meeting in 2003.
Fallon resigned from his post last Wednesday, the day after admitting he had touched the knee of journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer at a conference dinner 15 years ago.
Merrick, who was 29 at the time, wrote in the Observer that she felt "humiliated, ashamed."
She added: "Was I even guilty that maybe I had led him on in some way by drinking with him? After years of having a drink with so many other MPs who have not acted inappropriately towards me, I now know I was not."