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Diocese of Oxford praises ‘hair-stroking’ complainant for going public

16 May 2022

The verger at Christ Church Cathedral has waived her right to anonymity

Tom Pilston/Diocese of Oxford

Alannah Jeune verging at last week’s service of repentance for the Synod of Oxford, held 800 years ago, in Christ Church Cathedral (News, 13 May)

Alannah Jeune verging at last week’s service of repentance for the Synod of Oxford, held 800 years ago, in Christ Church Cathedral (News, 13 May)

THE diocese of Oxford has expressed its support for the verger at Christ Church Cathedral who accused the then Dean, Professor Martyn Percy, of sexual harassment by stroking her hair.

On Saturday, the verger, Alannah Jeune, waived her right to anonymity and told her side of the story to The Daily Telegraph. She was prompted to do so, she said, by an interview given to The Times by Professor Percy the previous week in which he repeated his denial of touching her. He also criticised the Bishop of Oxford for failing to support him when the allegation was made (News, 11 May). An Oxford diocesan statement on Saturday said that Ms Jeune’s story “deserves to be widely read”.

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