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Dana's brother quizzed in child sex abuse probe

A BROTHER of singer Dana Rosemary Scallon has been quizzed by detectives in London on allegations of child sex abuse.

John Brendan Brown (56), was questioned for several hours at Wembley Police Station in London.

Mr Brown, who was the campaign director of Dana's Presidential bid last year, has strenuously denied claims that he abused his niece Susie Gorrell in London in the 1970s.

The development will come as a shock to Dana who is said to "dote" on her younger brother.

Lies

During the Presidential campaign, she stunned TV viewers when she interrupted a debate to hit out at what she called "lies" about her family.

She is currently trying to resurrect a potentially lucrative career in the US after a disastrous Presidential election campaign.

She fronted a one-hour special show on the Alabama-based evangelical TV station EWTN on Sunday night, entitled Dana Sings: The Best Is Yet To Come.

A spokesman for the station said that details are being finalised for a possible series in September focusing on family values. But her own family has been torn apart by legal action and allegations dating back decades.

It is understood Ms Gorrell, daughter of Dana's sister Susan Stein, flew from the US to London last October to lodge a formal complaint with police in the English capital.

The recent police interview took place less than a mile from the apartment where the Brown family were based in the 1970s.

It's understood detectives are due to meet with Britain's Crown Prosecution Service to discuss the case, and Mr Brown will be interviewed again next month. Last October, Dana's niece Ms Gorrell, a married mother of three, alleged that she was sexually abused on a number of occasions from the age of five until she was 13.

Details of the allegations were first aired in an American court room in 2008 when Dana fell out with her sister Susan Stein -- Ms Gorrell's mother -- over rights to a record company.

Dana took the side of her brother John in the row, and told both RTE and TV3 during the election campaign that the allegations were "malicious" and "vile".

Lawyers for Ms Gorrell and Ms Stein then launched legal action of their own, stating that their clients stood over the allegations. Ms Gorrell could not be contacted for comment on the latest development.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said: "On 13 June a 56-year-old man attended a west London police station by prior appointment and was subsequently arrested."

"He was subsequently bailed to return pending further inquiries. He is due to return on a date in August."

Mr Brown arrived at the station by appointment and was arrested and cautioned. He was later released on police bail.

He has previously denied the allegations, and did not respond to messages left on his mobile phone last night requesting further comment.

Mr Brown lives between homes in Langley, Windsor in England and the townland of Urris on Donegal's Inishowen peninsula.

He still owns property on the Harrow Road, close to St Joseph's Catholic Church where the Browns worshipped when they lived in England.

It is just a few hundred yards from Wembley stadium.

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