Kate Griffiths said her ex-husband and former minister Andrew Griffiths was a ‘charmer’ when they first met, but by the end ‘I had just become a shadow of my former self’
A Tory MP found to have been raped by her politician ex-husband has spoken of her “feeling of freedom” after the court finding was made public.
Kate Griffiths said “I am no longer silenced by the family courts” and “I can speak out” after a lengthy saga involving her ex Andrew Griffiths.
Mr Griffiths used to be the MP for Burton and the minister for small business, and once worked as former prime minister Theresa May’s chief of staff.
The Griffiths, both 51, became embroiled in private family court proceedings, centred on a child, after separating.
During those proceedings, a family court judge concluded that, on the balance of probability, Mr Griffiths had raped and physically abused Ms Griffiths.
Ms Griffiths was speaking on a Tortoise Media podcast after Court of Appeal judges ruled the rape finding could be made public.
Ms Griffiths said the pair met in 2006 before Mr Griffiths became an MP, and began a relationship 18 months later.
“He was great, he was funny, he was a charmer,” said Ms Griffiths.
“I thought he was an all-round good guy.
“He was very attentive.”
Ms Griffiths said people would say they were an “ideal couple”.
But she added: “By the end of the relationship, I had just become a shadow of my former self.”
Three appeal judges last month ruled the family court judge’s findings could be made public after a 12-month legal fight by two media organisations – Tortoise and PA Media.
Ms Griffiths had waived her right to anonymity and supported the fight by journalists.
She said publication would allow her to help constituents.
“It’s like a feeling of freedom,” she said.
Mr Griffiths had “strongly denied” allegations made against him, and argued that the family court judge’s findings should not be made public.
He said the judge’s findings should stay private in order to protect the child at the centre of the case.
Judges ruled that neither the gender nor the name of the child at the centre of proceedings could be revealed in media reports.