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Cleared tycoon Eddy Shah in abuse row

BY ALEX DIAZ

Former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah, cleared last month of raping a schoolgirl in the 1990s, has said underage girls who engage in consensual sex must take blame for the abuse they suffer.

The 69-year-old, from Chippenham, Wiltshire, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey of raping a girl at upmarket London hotels when she was between 12 and 15.

In his first in-depth interview since then, Mr Shah described charges of rape relating to girls under 16 who "threw themselves" at celebrities as "a technical thing".

In an interview with presenter Stephen Nolan for BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Shah said: "Rape was a technical thing – below a certain age. But these girls were going out with pop groups and becoming groupies and throwing themselves at them.

"If we're talking about girls who just go out and have a good time, then they are to blame."

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