Tariq Ramadan, a professor of Islamic studies at Oxford University, has denied rape allegations by a French author.
Ramadan intends to file a complaint for “slanderous denunciation” with the public prosecutor of Rouen against Henda Ayari, a French “former Salafist turned secular liberal activist,” who filed a complaint on Friday against him.
Ayari has accused Ramadan of “rape, sexual assault, violence, harassment and intimidation” after inviting her to his hotel room following a conference on Islam in Paris in 2012.
The 40-year-old author, who spoke about the allegations on social media, claimed she had decided to “name and shame” Prof Ramadan as a “pervert guru” following the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
Ramadan, the grandson of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood group, is a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
According to British newspaper Telegraph, he was chosen by Tony Blair to work on a task force to “help tackle extremism in the UK following the 7/7 attacks in London in 2005.”
Ramadan issued a statement through his lawyer, Yassin Bouzrou, saying he “categorically rejects all these false allegations” and will lodge a complaint for slander and defamation with the public prosecutor in Rouen.
A spokesman for Oxford University said: “We are aware of these reports and are taking them extremely seriously. We are not in a position to comment further at this time.”