An NUS investigation into claims that KCLSU President Chris Mullan had made racist remarks has cleared him, with no complaints being upheld. The police also took no action as no complaint was brought to them, despite coverage in the Daily Mail and thelondonpaper stating otherwise.
Until the end of August King's President Chris Mullan had been called many things, mainly due to his tendency to speak his mind, however none of them especially serious. However the NUS Black Students Officer, Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy, then mentioned him in a note on Facebook about "racism in the student movement" and how it should be tackled. This led to a number of people branding him a racist, spreading the allegations across websites and eventually into the press.
Until now Mullan had been banned from speaking publicly by the NUS investigation (not, as was reported last week, due to a police investigation). While Mullan was required to keep quiet, his reputation was attacked on messageboard after messageboard, with no opportunity to respond. The resulting fallout saw the KCLSU Trustees meet, where they took a decision to suspend him while they conducted their own investigation.
Live! hopes to conduct an interview with the King's President later today, however potential legal action against those responsible for spreading the allegations may prevent it. Those involved in making the accusations have not responded to requests for information from Live!'s journalists.