Former Northampton Saints star Ben Cohen’s mother-in-law accused of harassing him

Ben Cohen
Ben Cohen

Former Northampton Saints star Ben Cohen’s mother-in-law is due to appear in court after allegedly harassing the rugby player following his split from her daughter.

A number of national newspapers today reported that Felicity Bassouls, aged 67, is due to appear in Northampton Magistrates’ Court later this month after being charged with harassment.

A Northampton Police spokesperson was reported to have told the Sun paper: “A 67-year-old woman has been summonsed to appear before Northampton Magistrates court on Wednesday, March 18, to face allegations of harassment.”

Mr Cohen, who made 147 appearances for the Saints during an 11-year career in the town, announced he had split from his wife of 11 years in September last year.

The couple’s public statement read: “Ben and Abby Cohen have agreed to take time apart to deal with some marital issues but remain fully committed to the welfare of their children.

“There is no third party involved, and Ben and Abby now ask that their privacy and that of their family be respected at this difficult time.”

Mr Cohen is the founder of The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which aims to raise awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying.