Lib Dem MEP Chris Davies has sparked controversy by claiming the media portrayal of Lord Rennard has been like the "Salem witch trials," adding that "this isn't Jimmy Savile."
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour, Mr Davies said:
It's become like the Salem witch trials.
This isn’t Jimmy Savile.
This is touching someone’s leg through clothing ...equivalent of an Italian man pinching a woman’s bottom.
Mr Davies also questioned leader Nick Clegg's stance over the allegations.
Former Liberal leader Lord Steel has told ITV News the party is in an "awful mess" over the Rennard row and it needs "to get a grip" of it.
Lord Rennard has threatened to take legal action after being suspended for refusing to apologise over sexual harassment allegations.