Sir Clement Freud, the late grandson of the founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, is accused in a forthcoming television documentary of sexually abusing two girls over a span of decades.
Knighted in 1987, Clement Freud was a member of Parliament, a broadcaster, a restaurateur and a writer. He died in 2009 at age 84.
Sylvia Woosley, one of Sir Clement’s alleged victims, said he began molesting her in the late 1940s, when she was 10. The second alleged victim, identified only by the pseudonym "Joanne," said he raped her in 1978, when she was 18, and had abused her when she was much younger.
"I don’t want to take this to my tomb," Woosley says in the film, as reported by The Guardian. "I would like to just return to the child I was before I was molested physically, before I was introduced to that side of life too early."
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According to Woosley, Freud molested her frequently, although she said his wife, Jill, did not know that the abuse was going on.
"This is a very sad day for me," said Jill Freud, 89, in a public statement. "I was married to Clement for 58 years and loved him dearly. I am shocked, deeply saddened and profoundly sorry for what has happened to these women. I sincerely hope they will now have some peace."
A spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, a political party in the U.K., said: "Clement Freud was a senior figure in the Liberals, our party’s predecessor, and we are deeply shocked and horrified by this news. Our party was never aware of what happened, and our hearts go out to the women who were affected."
According to the founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, Sir Clement had "been on the radar" for years, reports the Daily Mail.
"About 12 years ago, before his death, something was said to me about an allegation of rape concerning him," the founder said. "I was given no name of the woman, but it was given to me with absolute sincerity. At the time, I never thought it would go anywhere because he was rich and powerful. Later I spoke to a friend at Rape Crisis, and she said his name had come up in her world too, a long time ago, but she couldn’t remember the details."