An Anglo-Iranian scholar who lately escaped from Iran has been accused of being a sexual predator after a number of of his alleged victims got here ahead to warn that he shouldn’t be allowed to work with ladies.
Kameel Ahmady, who fled by the Iranian mountains to Turkey earlier than arriving in Britain, is understood in Iran for his anthropological work on little one marriage and feminine genital mutilation. [FGM].
However after the information of his escape, which was first reported within the Guardian, 4 ladies approached the identical newspaper and accused it of sexual abuse, which he denies.
“After I heard about her different [alleged] victims, and the truth that they have been largely, if not fully ignored, I may not flip it again, ”stated one alleged sufferer.
“Every thing I do know [Ahmady] makes their testimonies credible. He’s a serial predator and aggressor. I am so afraid that he’ll proceed to produce other alternatives to work with susceptible ladies and damage them like he damage me, ”stated one other accuser.
Mr. Ahmady strongly denied the allegations, describing them in an announcement as “baseless slander”. He additionally recommended that they have been fabricated by individuals in collusion with the Iranian regime.
“Since my escape from Iran, rival people and teams have come after me with the only real intention of destroying me, my analysis, in addition to my skilled and private standing,” he wrote.
“The press is now being manipulated by them and by those that concern it, and by those that search to maneuver me as a scholar in my area.”
Considered one of her accusers claimed that Mr Ahmady began a sexually express conservation together with her and tried to provide her alcoholic lemonade. He additionally allegedly summoned her to her room beneath the pretext of a enterprise assembly, locked the door and assaulted her.
One other alleged sufferer claimed that Mr Ahmady went to the toilet throughout what she believed was a enterprise assembly after which reappeared bare.
The abuse allegations first surfaced final 12 months, prompting Mr Ahmady to apologize in a social media put up which the Guardian says has now been deleted. However after his interview with the Guardian, a number of alleged victims got here ahead once more.
This prompted Mr Ahmady to put up a social media put up apologizing for the ‘errors’ he had made within the office, though in accordance with the Guardian the put up has since been deleted. He additionally stated he was “neither a rapist nor an abusive individual”.
Mr Ahmady was additionally the topic of an investigation by the Iranian Sociological Affiliation, which suspended his membership, saying “at a minimal, an abuse of energy had occurred”.