Myra Ling-Ling Forde, a Filipino who was convicted of operating brothels in London in the 1990s, has denied reports that she managed to avoid more criminal cases because she threatened to expose the allegedly illicit sexual activities of a former British Prime Minister.
Through her lawyer, Forde said that she had no knowledge of Sir Edward Heath's alleged misconduct and insisted that her charges were dropped because of problems with a key witness, The Telegraph reported on Wednesday (UK time).
"My former client wishes me to make it very clear that at no stage did she state that Ted Heath was a client and at no stage did she threaten to expose him as a client of hers if the prosecution was continued," Richard Griffiths, Forde's solicitor, told The Telegraph.
"For the avoidance of any doubt, Myra Forde wishes me to make it clear that she had no involvement with Ted Heath of any kind and has no knowledge of any misconduct on his part," he added.
According to the Express, Forde was the first to make allegations against Heath, who had allegedly raped a 12-year-old boy in the 60's.
Despite the dismissal of the court case, the 67-year-old Filipina was still convicted for running a brothel full of underage call girls in 1995, and of inciting prostitution in 2009.
An earlier report on The Independent said the alleged coverup of Forde's case spurred an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigation into Wiltshire Police's handling of her accusations.
The Guardian reported that the police publicly appealed for Heath's victims to come forward, following an interview with a man who claimed to have been abused by the late former prime minister. -Rie Takumi/NB, GMA News