February 22, 2010
Posted: 1321 GMT
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown did not scream or swear at a political consultant who worked for him, the speechwriter told CNN, rejecting allegations published by a top British political journalist Sunday.
"The Prime Minister did not 'scream' at me, blame me or direct a profanity at me. The author who has now written this made no effort to check it with me. I would have told him it was false," American political operative Bob Shrum said in an e-mail late Sunday.
He was responding to claims in a forthcoming book by Andrew Rawnsley published by the Observer newspaper.
The Observer charges that Brown engaged in "abusive behavior" and "volcanic eruptions of foul temper."
Brown and his allies denied the allegations.
"These malicious allegations are totally without foundation," Brown's official spokesman said in a statement Saturday. The spokesman is traditionally not quoted by name.
The Observer claimed that Brown's behavior upset staff at his office, 10 Downing Street, so much so that the head of the civil service launched an investigation and "ordered" the prime minister "to change his behavior."
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