Alex Salmond appears in court for attempted rape and sexual assault charges

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Former First Minister Alex Salmond has appeared in court accused of offences against 10 women, including attempted rape and a series of sexual assaults.

The hearing at the High Court in Edinburgh follows a previous court appearance in November, when he denied all 14 charges and a trial date was set for March.

Salmond is accused of attempting to rape a woman at Bute House, the official residence of the first minister of Scotland, during the independence referendum campaign.

Court papers allege he placed her legs over his, repeatedly kissed her face and neck, groped her then blocked her path. He is then alleged to have pinned her against a wall, pulled at her clothes and stripped himself naked before trying to rape her on a bed.

Salmond has a variety of other assault claims against him.

-Noah Harte