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Hawking dismisses 'assault' report
Stephen Hawking
Professor Hawking lives in Cambridge
Leading British scientist Stephen Hawking has issued a statement denying allegations that he had been assaulted.

On Monday it was reported detectives were believed to want to question Professor Hawking about a number of minor injuries he had recently suffered.

The physicist, who has motor neurone disease and is confined to a wheelchair, is world-famous as the author of the best-selling A Brief History of Time.

On Tuesday Professor Hawking, 62, made a statement from Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he is being treated for pneumonia.

There is absolutely no substance to the reports and I would ask the media to dispense with this 'non' story
Stephen Hawking
"The report in yesterday's (Monday's) Daily Mirror that I'm being attacked is news to me.

"I object strongly to my privacy being invaded.

"There is absolutely no substance to the reports and I would ask the media to dispense with this 'non' story."

The statement was accompanied by a comment from a Cambridge University spokesman who said: "Professor Hawking has been recovering from a long-term chest infection at Addenbrooke's Hospital since December last year.

"He's making good progress and hopes to be home soon."

Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed only that they were investigating a complaint that a 62-year-old Cambridge man had been assaulted.




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