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'HYSTERICAL' EX-MODEL ACCUSED OTHER LOVERS; Priest scandal mum saw shrink.

THE former topless model who has accused a Catholic priest of sexual harassment has a history of making allegations against other men, a court heard yesterday.

Housekeeper Maria McBride told police that she'd been assaulted by two ex- boyfriends, one of them a serving police officer. And she also once accused a baby- sitter of sexually abusing her young daughter.

But Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that no action was taken against any of the three men.

Maria, 31, who claims she was sexually abused by Catholic priest Father David Brown, 48, was diagnosed by her own psychiatrist as suffering from a "hysterical personality disorder," the court heard.

Defence agent Miss Margaret Scott told her: "You seem to have quite a pattern of making allegations against people."

Mum-of-four Maria claimed Father Brown had put her through a nightmare of sexual harassment in her four years as his housekeeper at St Thomas's Church in Riddrie, Glasgow.

He is accused of assaulting Maria by groping her and trying to get into bed with her during overnight stays in the Chapel House in 1997.

The priest denies a total of six charges of sexual assault and breach of the peace involving Maria and two other women.

Maria admitted calling in police after ex-boyfriends Martin Preston and police office Alan Gow both allegedly hit her.

She said she also went to see her GP at the Govanhill Health Centre after suspecting her young daughter had been sexually abused by the baby-sitter.

She claimed her GP ignored her concerns, telling her to go home and make a cup of tea.

Maria eventually took her daughter to Yorkhill Hospital for an examination, but social services found no conclusive proof that her daughter had been molested.

Miss Scott said to her: "Did your GP not tell you that your psychiatrist said you had a hysterical personality disorder.

"And would you be surprised if he described you as a dangerous woman."

Maria replied: "It was never put to me that I had a problem."

Asked if her doctors had told her if she was impulsive or manipulative, she replied: "No."
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Author:Hardaker, Paul
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 18, 1999
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