Former University Challenge contestant charged with rape

The alleged assault took place in 2014

A York history graduate and former University Challenge contestant has been charged with rape.

Bartolomeo Cuthbert Joly de Lotbiniere, a former York student and ex-Editor of York Vision, appeared in University Challenge this year.

The 21 year old has now been accused of sexual assaults, attempted sexual assault and rape. All accusations against him regard the same individual victim. He has denied all charges.

The assaults allegedly occurred approximately two years ago in June 2014. Joly de Lotbiniere appeared before the York Crown Court on Thursday and denied all accusations.