French police are expanding their investigation into a former Oxford University professor and Islamic scholar charged with raping two woman, to include two more alleged victims.
Tariq Ramadan, 57, has already been charged in France with raping a disabled woman in 2009 and a feminist activist in 2012, which he denies.
He has also been accused of gang-raping a journalist in her 50s with one of his staff when she went to interview the academic at a hotel in Lyon in May 2014.
Judicial sources said today police are now going to include evidence from two more alleged victims who were identified from documents on his computers.
The women themselves have not filed a criminal complaint against the Swiss national but have provided witnesses statements.
They both say they were led into a brutal sexual relationship with Ramadan, one from November-December 2015 and the other in March 2016.
Paris prosecutors earlier this month instructed the investigating magistrate handling the case to look into the evidence from the 'two new potential victims' over incidents that took place in 2015 and 2016, a judicial source told AFP, confirming a report in Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper.
'It was something other than physical rape, it went beyond that... there was a moral rape,' one of the women said in her testimony seen by AFP.
Police are now going to include evidence from two more alleged victims who were identified from documents on Ramadan's computers
'He had such a hold on you that you did everything that he demanded. But this relationship was consensual, yes,' she said.
'I asked him to be milder, but he said "it is your fault, you deserve it" and that he needed to be obeyed, which is what I did,' the other said.
Le Journal du Dimanche said prosecutors believe the two testimonies contained 'serious and concurring' evidence that could incriminate Ramadan.
Ramadan was professor of contemporary Islamic studies at Oxford University until he was forced to take leave when rape allegations surfaced at the height of the 'Me Too' movement in late 2017.
He was taken into custody in February 2018 and held for over nine months before being granted bail.
Authorities in Switzerland are also investigating him after receiving a rape complaint in that country while two other criminal complaints of rape have been filed relating to incidents in March 2018 and July 2019.
Ramadan has in the last week gone on a media offensive to deny all the allegations against him, publishing a book called 'Duty of Truth' and insisting all his relationships have been consensual.