A top businessman is suing a leading Welsh hotel after he was wrongly accused of being a convicted paedophile.
Leslie Gwilym, a former finance director of upmarket furniture store Maskreys, is suing the Celtic Manor Resort for £250,000 after he was falsely accused of crimes he did not commit.
Mr Gwilym, 58, of Llantarnum, Cwmbran, says he was cornered by three employees of the Celtic Manor Resort and quizzed “aggressively” on the child sex allegation.
Mr Gwilym says he was “frightened and humiliated” by his ordeal and claims that the confrontation was witnessed by his wife and other guests at the hotel.
Police were involved when the hotel’s security manager phoned the local CID for information about his alleged criminal record.
The five-star hotel was rated the finest in Wales last year and will host golf’s Ryder Cup in 2010.
The allegation stemmed from a former prison officer who mistook Mr Gwilym for a paedophile he had known in jail.
Mr Gwilym’s writ claims that despite his vigorous denials, security manager Ian Currie told police he “was, or probably was” a paedophile who had been jailed for serious sex crimes.
A spokesman for Hugh James solicitors said: “We can confirm that our client Leslie Gwilym has been the subject of wrongful allegations.
“The allegations are completely without foun-dation. On our client’s behalf, we are now rigorously pursuing a claim for defamation.”
A hotel spokesman said “We have issued a defence and the matter is in the hands of our solicitors.”