Former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans used his “powerful” influence to sexually assault seven young men, a court has been told.
He had the “ability to make or break” the careers of those who wished to work in Westminster, a jury at Preston Crown Court heard.
Evans exploited his position and pressed his sexual attentions on his victims, and carried on doing so despite being warned about his behaviour, says the Crown.
Evans, 56, faces nine charges in all, dating from 2002 to April 1 last year, involving the seven complainants.
The MP for Ribble Valley, in Lancashire, denies two counts of indecent assault, six of sexual assault and one of rape.
The trial continues.