David Matthews, the father-in-law of Duchess Kate's sister Pippa Middleton, was arrested earlier this week by the French police and charged with raping a minor in the late 1990s, the Agence France Press and British newspaper . The Telegraph reported on Friday

According to these two passages, Matthews, 74, was arrested on Tuesday at Orly airport in Paris and interviewed by officers of the brigade for the protection of minors [19659006] A Parisian court official confirmed his arrest The Telegraph

Matthews with the rape of a minor woman

The official with The Telegraph said Matthews alleged crimes were committed in 1998 and 1999. The newspaper reports that he "energetically denied the allegations."

"Investigations are now continuing as a judicial inquiry and conducted by a coroner," the official said The Telegraph adding that he had been released from custody and was not instructed in France to stay.

Who is David Matthews?

Matthews, the son of a miner, worked his way up from mechanic to racer. After a terrible crash at the British circuit Silverstone in 1973, he retired and poured his forces into his dealership, which he sold in 1991 in favor of real estate development.

He bought and rehabilitated the Eden Roc Hotel on the Caribbean island of St. Barth, and finally built it into a glittering, celebrity-friendly hangout. In September 2017, the resort suffered significant damage during Hurricane Irma.

He and his second wife, the Zimbabwean-born Jane Parker (whom he married in the 1970s), share their time between their two British properties: Caunton Manor, a 30-acre spread in Nottinghamshire, and Glen Affric, a 100,000 acre property in Scotland.

Her eldest son James, 42, followed David into the racing business before moving to securities trading. He married Middleton, 34, in a lavish ceremony in May 2017, attended by her older sister, Duchess Kate of Cambridge and her husband Prince William, his brother Prince Harry and his future fiancee, American actress Meghan Markle. Will and Kate's children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, served in the ceremony as a page boy and flower girl.

Due to the hour when the story broke, Kensington Palace, representing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, did not respond immediately to USA TODAY's request for comment.


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Matthews' middle son, Michael, a derivatives trader, died at the age of 22 as he descended the mountain. Everest in 1999, after becoming the youngest Briton to climb the highest peak in the world. The Matthews family created an educational foundation to commemorate him.

Youngest son Spencer, 28, is a reality television star, whose successor includes Made in Chelsea The Bachelor and . I'm a celebrity … Get me out of here!

Matthews also has a daughter, Nina, from his first marriage to racing driver Anita Taylor.

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