WELLER RAPE CLAIM DISMISSED

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NME.COM can exclusively reveal that the Modfather's ordeal is over...

Paul Weller will not be charged with rape after a women alleged he attacked her in 1996, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

Weller was released without charge last week after being questioned over an alleged incident in Farnham, Surrey at the end of 1996. Surrey Police dismissed the allegation today (October 27), and confirmed that Weller would not face any charges.

Weller provided a statement to NME.COM, which read: “I’m both relieved and pleased that this is the end of the ordeal. From the start I have emphatically denied the allegation. Rape is despicable, and to be accused of the crime has been one of the most depressing moments of my life.

“I should add, however, that the current legal system, in which only the alleged victim in a rape case is guaranteed anonymity, seems to me grossly unfair.

My name has been tarnished even though there is no substance in the allegation – I doubt very much that the news of my innocence will make the same headlines as the story of my arrest.

“While I understand the need for anonymity, it should be extended to both parties in such cases, especially prior to any criminal charges being brought.”