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Mervyn Conn, music promoter connected to the Beatles, arrested over Wembley rape allegations

PUBLISHED: 15:12 06 August 2014 | UPDATED: 10:52 07 August 2014

A music promoter and entrepreneur who worked with the Beatles has been arrested over historic allegations into the rape and sexual assault of a teenage girl in Wembley.

Mervyn Conn was taken into custody in Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of carrying out sexual attacks on the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, in Wembley, Westminster, and Wimbledon, between 1975 and 1977.

The allegations are suspected to have taken place in the iconic Wembley Arena, where he organised the International Festival of Country Music between 1969 and 1991.

He was taken to a nearby police station a bailed a few hours later to a date in September.

The 80-year-old, staged the first Beatles Christmas Shows in 1963 and organised many of the major pop shows shown nationally, which was later taken into Europe- featuring hit acts including Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

The arrest is not connected to Operation Yewtree -a police investigation, started in 2012, into sexual abuse allegations, predominantly the abuse of children, against the British media personality Jimmy Savile and others.


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