Sidney Frankel files formal plea, denies allegations
Frankel filed a formal plea after an 8th victim came forward to join the civil action against him.
JOHANNESBURG - Former stockbroker Sidney Frankel has filed a formal plea with the courts denying the latest allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
Last week, Eyewitness News reported that an eighth victim had come forward to join the civil action against the billionaire philanthropist.
Several people have brought legal action against Frankel claiming he sexually abused them when they were young children in the 1970s and 1980s.
In his formal plea filed with the high court, Frankel denies the allegations made by Marinda Smith.
Her mother worked for Frankel for over 30 years and Smith claims Frankel molested her during visits to his office when she was a young child.
Frankel insists he did not sexually assault her.
In the court document, his lawyers have raised issue with the fact that Smith claims to have only had a full understanding of the alleged crimes in the past three years, despite them occurring decades ago.
They've pointed out similar concerns with the other seven applicants in the civil case.
This could become an important legal point of contention if or when this matter goes to trial.