The royal vehemently denied the claim and told police the alleged extortionists should be pursued, even if it meant giving evidence in court. Today Scotland Yard sources said they were "totally satisfied" that the victim of the plot had not been involved in any of the acts alleged. The name of the victim has been disclosed on the internet and in foreign media outlets but its publication in Britain is banned by a court order. They are alleged to have tried to blackmail the royal with a video of an aide taking cocaine and boasting of the sex act and a gay fling with an MP. While the identity of the royal remains secret, sources have indicated it is not a senior member of the family.
'Sex and drugs' blackmail plot royal: I'm innocent
An Old Bailey jury was told yesterday that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons and is known only as Witness A, was "deeply concerned" at allegations that he had committed a sex act on a male member of his staff. He asked his friend, Witness C - who went on to help Scotland Yard set up a sting with an undercover policeman which trapped the defendants - to speak to the men claiming to have copies of his employee's "confession" on tape. Accused: Ian Strachan from Chelsea, London,denies making unwarranted demands with menaces between July and September last year.
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