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Tuesday, 30 November, 1999, 02:26 GMT
Archer challenged by former prostitute
Lord Archer Lord Archer's political career is in ruins

Former prostitute Monica Coghlan has called on disgraced Tory peer Jeffrey Archer to face her in court.

Coghlan told the Daily Mirror that she would like to see the facts in Archer's 1987 libel case - in which the peer was awarded 500,000 damages against the Daily Star - re-examined in court. It follows his admission last week that he had asked a friend to provide him with a false alibi.

The Archer Scandal
Archer has admitted giving her 2,000 to leave London but has always categorically denied they had sex or even met.

Ms Coghlan told the paper: "Only the two of us know what went on and I have never had any reason to lie."

She said that the first time she met the man she believes was Archer, he seemed like a "perfect gentleman."

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Coghlan said she would be willing to go through the ordeal of a court appearance again to repeat her account of what happened on the night of 8 September, 1986.

In the High Court in 1987, Coghlan said Archer went back to a hotel room with her and gave her a "present" of 50.

She claimed he then agreed to give her an extra 20 so he could "take his time."

Coghlan said: "I know that going back to court will be hell because I have lived through it once before.

"But if that is what it takes, then I am prepared to do it.

"Last time, I felt I was completely alone taking on the Establishment.

"But if it were to happen again, it would be a different situation because even his own friends are now admitting he asked them to lie."

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