Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has appeared in court charged with attempted rape and sexual assault. He faced a total of 14 charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, also including breach of the peace and indecent assault.
The 64-year-old made no plea during the hearing and was released on bail.
Outside court, Mr Salmond said he was “innocent of any criminality” and added he would defend himself “to the utmost”. Police had been investigating following a Scottish government inquiry into complaints of sexual harassment against Mr Salmond, which he denies.
Mr Salmond, who was first minister from 2007 to 2014, was interviewed by police on Wednesday.
No date has yet been fixed for the next hearing in the case