RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans has told a jury he made a pass at a young Westminster worker but did not sexually assault him.
The 56-year-old said he thought the man, in his early 20s, had been “incredibly flirtatious”, “over-friendly” and was interested in him.
It led to him making advances to the man as he slept on the MP’s sofa in 2009 but the man “exploded” when Evans’s hand drifted down his chest, Preston Crown Court heard.
The alleged victim claims that Evans put his hand down his boxer shorts.
The MP described the interaction between the pair before the alleged sexual assault.
Questioned by his barrister, Peter Wright QC, he said: “Sometimes we would hold hands.
“He was incredibly flirtatious. I got the impression he was interested in me.
“There is no fool like an old fool, Mr Wright.”
Evans said he was then made to feel like “a chastened child” when it became clear his advances were unwelcome.
Evans is on trial over allegations that he sexually abused seven young men on various dates between 2002 and last year by using his “powerful” political influence to take advantage of them, often while drunk.
He has pleaded not guilty to one rape, two indecent assaults, five sexual assaults and one attempted sexual assault.