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Qatari media boss, 32, ‘repeatedly raped woman during months of ordeal in £1.5million London flat’

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Qatari media boss, 32, ‘repeatedly raped woman during months of ordeal in £1.5million luxury London flat’

  • Qatari Saleh Almesallam, 32, allegedly assaulted the woman in a flat in Paddington
  • The TV director is accused of rape, assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm
  • He would have left the woman with broken bones during the reported attacks
  • The Qatari denies all charges against him and will face court on November 29










A media boss accused of repeatedly raping a woman during a months-long ordeal in a £1.5 million flat will face court next month.

Qatari Saleh Almesallam, 32, allegedly assaulted the woman between January 11 and March 3 this year at the luxury Penninsula Apartments complex in Paddington.

He is further charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to her in an attack that left her with broken bones, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Almesallam is also charged with four assaults involving actual bodily harm, abusive and coercive behavior in an intimate relationship and the number of murder threats.

Almesallam is alleged to have repeatedly raped the woman in a £1.5million flat in Peninsula Apartments, Paddington in London

The woman says the alleged repeated rapes and assaults took place over a period of three months in the Paddington flat rented by Mr Almesallam

The woman says the alleged repeated rapes and assaults took place over a period of three months in the Paddington flat rented by Mr Almesallam

He is also charged with possession of crack cocaine and crystal meth.

The Qatari national, who denies all charges, appeared in court over a prison video link in a dark tank top and gray tracksuit.

Barrister Robert Berg, the lawyer representing Mr Almesallam, said in a previous appearance: “He is a Qatari national.

‘He is a man of good character, he is now 31 years old.

‘He is the director of a TV news and sports channel and has held that position for several years.

Mr Almesallam will stand trial on November 29 on the litany of charges at London's Southwark Crown Court

Mr Almesallam will stand trial on November 29 on the litany of charges at London’s Southwark Crown Court

“He arrived in this country in December 2020 as a tourist.

“He lived in a rented house at the address where he was arrested.”

Almesallam, of Praed Street, Paddington, denies four counts of rape, intentional grievous bodily harm, four assaults involving actual bodily harm, making threats of death, controlling or coercing conduct in a intimate relationship, possession of cocaine and possession of methamphetamine.

Judge Adam Hiddleston has taken him into custody ahead of his trial at Southwark Crown Court on November 29.

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