Man Held On Drama School Rape Claim

A former teacher has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl at an elite drama school, police said.

The 62-year-old was questioned over the historic attack at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

The ex-freelance teacher was held following a report made last month claiming the teenager was raped and sexually assaulted on the premises in 1978.

City of London Police said the suspect was later released on bail.

A spokesman said:

"City of London Police has today arrested a 62-year-old man, who is a former freelance teacher of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, on suspicion of the rape and indecent assault of a 16-year-old girl in 1978.

"A report was made to City of London Police in July that alleged the offences took place at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in September that year."

Anyone with information should contact City of London Police on 0800 056 0944 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama prides itself on being one of the world's leading conservatoires and theatre schools.

Some of the biggest stars have passed through its doors and it counts actors Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig and Ewan McGregor among its famous alumni.

The independent school charges British students fees of up to £10,150 a year while foreign pupils can pay up to £23,000.

The school now has more than 800 students in higher education who hail from nearly 60 countries.

It claims to offer musicians, actors and stage managers an "inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals".

It was rated the top specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013 and 2014.

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