An MP accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party has told a court he was “utterly astonished” by the allegations.
Wakefield MP Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, is accused of groping the boy at a house in Staffordshire in January 2008.
He is alleged to have forced the youngster to drink gin, dragged him upstairs and asked him to watch pornography before assaulting him.
Mr Khan, who is on trial at Southwark Crown Court, denies the charge.
Giving evidence the MP, who is gay, said he had been engaged in a “philosophical” discussion about sexuality with the boy during the course of the evening, but rejected any suggestion it was sexual.
“I was just trying to be kind and helpful to a young man who wanted to talk,” he told the jury.
“He seemed very keen to want to talk about this [sexuality]. I think it would have been rude or perhaps a tad cruel to shut him down.”
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