Canadian billionaire arrested on sexual assault charges

8 June 2024, 13:44

Frank Stronach
Canada Stronach Sexual Assault. Picture: PA

The 91-year-old has been charged with crimes ‘spanning decades’.

Austrian-Canadian car parts billionaire Frank Stronach has been arrested on sexual assault charges spanning decades, police said.

The 91-year-old was charged on Friday with five crimes including rape, indecent assault on a female, sexual assault and forcible confinement, Peel Regional Police said.

He was released with conditions and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton, Ontario, at a later date, the police statement said.

Peel Regional Police Constable Tyler Bell said there is more than one accuser but declined to say how many.

“Obviously, this is a high-profile case. Our special victims unit is bound to protect the victims and in doing so that’s why were are being vague,” Mr Bell said. “There is more than one victim but we won’t confirm that number yet.”

Police allege the sexual assaults occurred from the 1980s to as recent as 2023. Bell said they are appealing for people to come forward if they have information or have been victims.

Frank Stronach
Stronach became one of Canada’s wealthiest people (AP)

Stronach did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

He has hired prominent Canadian defence lawyer Brian Greenspan.

“Mr Stronach categorically denies the allegations of impropriety which have been brought against him,” Mr Greenspan said in an email.

“He looks forward to the opportunity to fully respond to the charges and to maintain his legacy both as a philanthropist and as an icon of the Canadian business community.”

Stronach, born in Austria, became one of Canada’s wealthiest people by creating Magna in his garage in 1957 and building it into one of the world’s largest suppliers of car parts.

He also founded The Stronach Group, a company specializing in horse racing. He made a brief foray into Austrian politics more than a decade ago and has been named to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honours.

A Magna spokesperson said Stronach has had no affiliation with the company since relinquishing control in 2010.

By Press Association

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