British minister Damian Green denies computer pornography allegations

Secretary of State Damian Green has vigorously denied all the allegations against him.

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.

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.
      Michael Fallon resigned from his position as defense minister last week.
      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."
        Merrick said she phoned Downing Street at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to report the incident to one of the Prime Minister's aides -- by 7.30 p.m. Fallon had resigned.
        The latest revelations will come as a hammer blow to Prime Minister May, who will meet with fellow party leaders later this week to discuss plans for tackling sexual harassment and abuse in Parliament.
        Speaking on "The Andrew Marr Show" on Sunday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said there will be a "clear-out" in Westminster after the avalanche of claims.
        "I know that the Cabinet Office is going to be looking at this tomorrow along with the wider inquiry about Damian, and I do think that we shouldn't rush to allege anything until that inquiry has taken place," she added.

        Further allegations

        Saturday's allegations against Green come days after he was accused by journalist Kate Maltby of making unwanted advances toward her during a meeting in 2015.
        Writing in The Times of London newspaper on Wednesday, Maltby said: "He offered me career advice and in the same breath made it clear he was sexually interested. It was not acceptable to me at the time and it should not be acceptable behavior in Westminster in the future."
        She said Green, who was a friend of the family nearly 30 years her senior, had "steered the conversation to the habitual nature of sexual affairs in Parliament," before mentioning that "his own wife was very understanding."
        She added: "I felt a fleeting hand against my knee -- so brief, it was almost deniable. I moved my legs away, and tried to end the drink on friendly terms."
        One Conservative lawmaker has called for Green to be suspended pending an investigation.
        Green described those allegations as "completely untrue" and "deeply hurtful" in a statement Wednesday.
        He added: "This untrue allegation has come as a complete shock and is deeply hurtful, especially from someone I considered a personal friend."
        Maltby, who also contributes to CNN, said she had dropped all contact with Green after the encounter. But in May last year, she said, he contacted her by text message after seeing a piece she had written for The Times on the history of corsets that included an image of her wearing one.
        According to Maltby, Green's text message read: "Long time no see. But having admired you in a corset in my favorite tabloid I feel impelled to ask if you are free for a drink anytime?"