Companies quit the CBI after second rape claim

A number of firms have left the CBI after a second allegation of rape at the business lobby group emerged.

The Guardian reported that a woman who was working at one of the CBI’s overseas offices was sexually assaulted by two male colleagues.

The CBI said these latest allegations were “abhorrent” and that it had previously been unaware of the claims.

Insurers Aviva, Zurich and Phoenix Group said they had ended their membership of the lobbying giant.

Meanwhile, supermarket Asda and banking group Natwest said they had paused their engagement with the CBI while investigations were ongoing.

The CBI, which claims to speak for 190,000 businesses, has been engulfed in scandal following a previous allegation of rape as well as claims of sexual harassment.

“Our hearts go out to any women who have been victims of the behaviour described,” Brian McBride, president of the CBI, said in a statement on Friday.

“While the CBI was not previously aware of the most serious allegations, it is vital…

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