A WOMAN has come forward to reveal a THIRD serious sex pest allegation about shamed Sir Michael Fallon.
The unnamed woman reported to No10 that the ex-Defence Secretary had groped her on Tuesday.
PA:Press Association Sir Michael Fallon announced his decision to resign as Defence Secretary this week after sex pest allegations
The allegation of inappropriate physical contact was not made by an MP.
It was taken very seriously by Theresa May and her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, as highly credible.
The complaint followed fellow Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom’s whistle blowing claims about Sir Michael’s lewd comments to her, and how he once repeatedly put his hand on radio host Julia Hartley Brewer’s knee.
Like Ms Leadsom, the woman was also furious that Downing Street had appeared to clear the defence supremo when the Ms Hartley Brewer incident of 15 years ago emerged. Andrea Leadsom responds to an urgent question about allegations of inappropriate and unwanted sexual behaviour in Westminster
The woman does not want to go to the police to press criminal charges, Westminster sources have revealed.
But taken together with Ms Leadsom’s claims, she sealed his fate, The Sun has been told.
Both bombshell claims were enough to persuade the PM to immediately ask Sir Michael to resign on Wednesday afternoon.
Confronted by The Sun with the allegations last night, Fallon refused to discuss specific allegations.
Alamy Labour MP Jess Phillips was one of many who put pressure on Theresa May to suspend Sir Michael Fallon
But Sir Michael did tell The Sun last night: “I’ve already accepted that I may have behaved inappropriately in the past. That’s why I resigned”.
A friend of the 65-year-old former minister added that “no specific allegation” was put to him by the PM, and he is still unaware of the woman’s identity and actual allegation.
The friend also insisted that Sir Michael is adamant that he has “never physically assaulted anybody”.
There was furore across Westminster yesterday The Sun revealed the role that Commons Leader Ms Leadsom played in Fallon’s downfall.
Among a series of inappropriate remarks she alleged he had made was telling her a few years ago where she can put her cold hands “to warm them up”.
Labour MPs put pressure on Mrs May to suspend Sir Michael as a Tory MP yesterday.
One, Jess Phillips, called on the PM to match Jeremy Corbyn’s actions against two Labour members facing sleaze allegations and take the whip away from him.
Ms Phillips insisted: “I don’t want him making decisions that affect women”.
Downing Street again refused to comment on either the woman or Ms Leadsom’s allegations last night.
Mrs May’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has been clear we want the environment right across Westminster to be one in which people feel secure and if they have any concerns they can bring them forward and know they will be treated properly”.
Asked if No 10 would act, even if the alleged victim was too scared to come forward, he added: “Where there are allegations that we can act upon, that is what we will do.”