Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law was arrested in France and charged with raping a minor.
David Matthews, the father of Pippa’s husband James Matthews, is being investigated for the alleged rape of a minor in 1998 and 1999.
USA Today reports that the Duchess of Cambridge’s 74-year-old father-in-law was taken into custody by French police on Mar. 27 at the Paris' Orly Airport and is being questioned by the Protection of Minors Brigade regarding the alleged incident in the '90s.
The millionaire hotel owner is under investigation by French officials for the rape of a girl not-yet-of-legal-age over a decade ago.
Here is everything you need to know about the rape accusations against Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law:
1. The alleged rape was reported last year.
The rape accusation was reported by Matthews’ “niece” who was a minor at the time of the alleged incidents in 1998 and 1999. The alleged rapes took place in both Paris and St. Bart’s, according to the Daily Beast.
Matthews was officially charged with the “rape of a minor by a person having authority over her.”
2. He was arrested in a French airport.
"Following his arrest, the Paris public prosecutor's office opened a judicial investigation, overlooked by an examining magistrate.”
The Brigade for the Protection of Minors specializes in crimes committed against those under the age of 18.
3. There is serious evidence against him.
French law doesn’t put people under investigation lightly — there must be “serious or consistent evidence” against a person to prompt a look into a person for a crime, The Telegraph reports.
“The investigations will now continue as a judicial investigation and will be led by an investigating judge," the official told news outlet.
Investigations can be dropped prior to making it to trial but is a stride toward taking the case to court. French authorities have six months to determine if Matthews’ case should be taken to trial.
4. He denies the allegations.
Matthews completely denies the alleged rape and called the claim an "untrue and scandalous accusation.”
“David Matthews categorically denies the allegation and unequivocally contests the untrue and scandalous accusation,” a spokeswoman for the 74-year-old said.
5. He was released after questioning.
Matthews was questioned by French officials and since released but bound by specific conditions.
“His freedom of movement” is not restricted to France but there are limitations to where he can and can’t travel.
6. He could face up to 20 years in prison.
The New York Times states that Matthews could be behind bars for a while if convicted.
In France, where Matthews was arrested and charged, a person can be locked up for up to 15 years for the rape of a minor. Five more years can be added if the victim is less than 15 years of age.
The statute of limitations for the rape of a minor is currently 20 years after the victim turns 18.