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Gerry Sklavounos, MNA accused of sexual assault, goes on medical leave

Gerry Sklavounos, the MNA who left the Liberal caucus last week after being accused of sexual assault, has taken medical leave from the National Assembly.

Woman accused former deputy house leader of 2014 sexual assault

Gerry Sklavounos, 42, was first elected as the member of the National Assembly for Laurier-Dorion in 2007. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

Gerry Sklavounos, the MNA who left the Liberal caucus last week after being accused of sexual assault, has taken medical leave from the National Assembly.

Sklavounos announced the decision in a letter obtained by Radio-Canada addressed to Jacques Chagnon, president of the National Assembly.

In the letter, Sklavounos wrote that the "present situation has greatly affected him."

"Over the last few days, public declarations putting my conduct into question have quickly escalated and have affected my reputation as well as the reputation of the person who has accused me," wrote Sklavounos.

"In this context, it seems appropriate to me to give as much space to authorities so that they can carry out their delicate task, out of respect for all people involved."

He does not say how much time he will be taking off.

"Under the advice of my close advisors, I consulted my doctor, who prescribed a leave to allow me to face the situation as best as I can, with the support of my family," wrote Sklavounos.

Alice Paquet first spoke publicly about the allegations last week. (Radio-Canada)

In the letter, Sklavounos said his team will continue to work in his riding while he is away.

The alleged assault happened in 2014.

Alice Paquet first went public with the allegation last week during a vigil for Laval University sexual assault victims, but initially didn't name her alleged assailant. 

The next day she named Sklavounos as the man who allegedly assaulted her.

Sklavounos has not been charged with any crime. Quebec City police have an open investigation into the allegations. 

He left the Liberal caucus on Oct. 20. Sklavounos was the deputy house leader under Premier Philippe Couillard and has served as the MNA for Laurier-Dorion since 2007.

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