Jeremy Thorpe and Norman Scott
Jeremy Thorpe's political career was dogged by rumours of homosexual relations at a time when such acts were still illegal in Britain; in one instance of having an affair with Norman Scott, a former male model. Liberal democrat leader between 1967 and 1976, Thorpe – who was twice married and had one child– met Scott in 1961, while the latter was working as a stable boy. Following a bizarre episode in which a man called Newton approached Scott armed with a dog, and shot the animal dead before attempting to shoot Scott too, Scott suggested Thorpe had threatened to kill him if he spoke about their affair. Newton later claimed Thorpe had hired him to kil his lover. Thorpe was never charged of any such offence, but his political career buckled under the weight of the scandal.