The United Kingdom's defense secretary, Michael Fallon, has resigned after he was accused of making inappropriate "'lewd" comments towards Minister of Energy and Climate Change, Andrea Leadsom. Fallon quit on Wednesday, saying his general conduct fell short of expected standards, but has "categorically denied" the allegations.
The claims, made by The Sun and Daily Mail, date back to 2010 to 2012, when the two were members of the same parliamentary committee. The newspapers claim that Fallon was forced to quit when Leadsom complained to Prime Minister Theresa May about the alleged incident.
Fallon will be replaced by Gavin Williamson, a rather unknown member of parliament, but (in)famous for keeping a pet tarantula, Cronus, on his desk.