Aristocrat whose family owns the stately home where Bridgerton was filmed faces child sex charges

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ARISTOCRAT CHARGES
13 Feb 2021, 1:17Updated: 13 Feb 2021, 6:22

AN aristocrat whose family owns the stately home where Netflix hit Bridgerton was filmed is facing child sex charges.

The Hon Simon Howard, 65, is accused of indecent assault and gross indecency with a girl under 14 in 1984.

Aristocrat, The Hon Simon Howard, whose family owns the stately home where Netflix hit Bridgerton was filmed is facing child sex charges

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Aristocrat, The Hon Simon Howard, whose family owns the stately home where Netflix hit Bridgerton was filmed is facing child sex chargesCredit: SWpix.com

He denies the allegations.

A statement issued on his behalf said his family was supporting him and shared his confidence that he would be cleared.

Howard used to run the estate at 145-room Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. It was used for countless TV series and films, including as Clyvedon Castle in Bridgerton.

But in 2014, he was evicted by the co-owner — his brother Nicholas, 68.

Howard is due at Scarborough magistrates’ court on Monday.

Castle Howard in North Yorkshire has been used in countless TV series and films, including as Clyvedon Castle in Bridgerton

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Castle Howard in North Yorkshire has been used in countless TV series and films, including as Clyvedon Castle in BridgertonCredit: Alamy

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