Kate and Gerry McCann ‘horrified’ by Clement Freud child abuse claims after it emerged he had a home in Praia da Luz and befriended them after Madeleine vanished
By Sam Greenhill and Lucy Crossley | 15 June 2016
- Former MP had a villa in Praia da Luz, where Madeleine vanished in 2007
- Two women have come forward to say Sir Clement molested them
- He had befriended the McCanns after little girl’s disappearance
- Kate McCann revealed in her book that he had bizarrely teased her about whether she was a ‘nymphomaniac’
- No sign his name appeared in investigation and son Matthew says he was in the UK on the night Madeleine disappeared
DAILY MAIL — Kate and Gerry McCann were ‘horrified’ last night as it was claimed the late Sir Clement Freud – who befriended them in Praia da Luz – was a child abuser.
Two women have dramatically come forward to say Sir Clement molested them when they were children.
The celebrated broadcaster and former MP, who died in 2009, had a villa in the Algarve resort where Madeleine disappeared nine years ago.
After the little girl vanished, he invited her parents around to his villa — bizarrely teasing Mrs McCann about whether she was a ‘nymphomaniac’, she later wrote in her book.
The revelation that Freud was in Praia da Luz the year Madeleine went missing, and is now named as a child abuser, will be a ‘shock’ to the McCanns.
A source close to the couple said: ‘It certainly raises a lot of questions. They will be appalled to hear the details.’
Freud’s whereabouts around the day when Madeleine vanished, May 3, 2007, could potentially be the subject of police inquiries, if it has not already been so.
There is no sign that his name featured in the botched Portuguese police investigation. And the Metropolitan Police, which launched Operation Grange in 2011 to re-examine the Madeleine case, has never said anything about him.
Last night his son Matthew Freud said his father had been in the UK on the night Madeleine vanished in Portugal, adding that his father was 83 at the time.
He said the Madeleine detectives had not asked the family anything about their father.
Asked if there was any information that might help police with their inquiries, in terms of people his father might have known in Praia da Luz, Mr Freud said it was ‘a totally inappropriate line of questioning given an ITV allegation of teenage groping in 1956’.
Sylvia Woosley, who first met Freud when she was 10 and later went to live with him when her mother’s marriage broke down, has claimed in an ITV Exposure documentary to be aired tonight that he molested her over several years.
A second woman, who wants to remain anonymous, alleged that the Liberal politician also abused her as a child and raped her when she was 18.
Private investigators hired by the McCanns in the months after the three-year-old’s disappearance said Praia da Luz and the Algarve were ‘awash’ with paedophiles.
Freud had owned a beautiful family home, complete with a lemon tree, in the resort since the 1980s. […]