'Perverted Guru' Tariq Ramadan Held by French Police Investigating Rape Allegations

'Perverted Guru' Tariq Ramadan Held by French Police Investigating Rape Allegations

But two French newspapers reported a year ago that Ramadan had committed rape in 2009 and a sexual assault in 2012.

In retaliation, Ramadan has filed a case of defamation against the woman, with his lawyer saying the professor "categorically rejects all these false allegations".

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan, a leading professor at Oxford University, was detained on Wednesday in France, where he is facing allegations of rape. He is president of the thinktank European Muslim Network in Brussels and teaches at Britain's Oxford University. Ramadan, who is a Swiss national and the grandson of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, has denied all wrongdoing despite four of his former pupils and one other woman accusing him of sexual misconduct and blackmail.

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"It was the #BalanceTonPorc campaign that pushed me to reveal his name", she told the Parisien newspaper past year, in reference to France's version of the hashtag which means "Expose your pig". "He kissed me really hard... then for a few seconds he choked me, I really thought I was going to die".

Ramadan denies all accusations against him and maintains his innocence on all charges.

The 41-year-old claims Ramadan forced himself on her after inviting her to his hotel room in Paris in 2012.

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The feminist activist also revealed that she had written about her experience in a book, but had been too fearful to print Ramadan's name, L'Express reports.

Ramadan, a professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University, is popular among conservative Muslims.

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