Pippa Middleton's father-in-law charged by French authorities with raping a child: Report

David Matthews, father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, has been charged by French authorities with raping a child. He was held in custody in Paris for 48 hours before being released on bail Friday, according to legal sources speaking to French national news agency AFP.

Matthews, 73, is the multi-millionaire father of James Matthews, who wed Pippa Middleton in May 2017.

The attack allegedly occurred in 1998 or 1999 when Matthews was on vacation in France. A witness went to police in 2017 to report the incident. The age and identity of the witness and victim are not known to the public.

Authorities described the charge as "rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim," AFP reports.

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David and Jane Matthews arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Jane Matthews and David Matthews attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
David and Jane Matthews, parents of the groom, attend the wedding of Pippa Middleton and their son James Matthews at St Mark's Church in Englefield, west of London, on May 20, 2017. After turning heads at her sister Kate's wedding to Prince William, Pippa Middleton graduated from bridesmaid to bride on Saturday at a star-studded wedding in an English country church. Middleton married financier James Matthews, 41, at a ceremony attended by the royal couple and tennis star Roger Federer, wearing a couture dress by British designer Giles Deacon. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
David and Jane Matthews arrive ahead of the wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge's sister Pippa Middleton to her millionaire groom James Matthews, dubbed the society wedding of the year at, St Mark's church in Englefield, Berkshire. (Photo by Andrew Matthews/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Matthews was arrested at Paris Orly airport on Tuesday, according to the Daily Mail.

Matthews is married to wife Jane, 70, and is also father to Spencer Matthews, who used to star on the British reality show "Made in Chelsea."

The family was all in attendance at James and Pippa's May 2017 wedding, where the Duchess of Cambridge and her family were present as well.

The rape case will be handled by the Juvenile Protection Brigade of the Paris judicial police.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 14, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: Pippa Middleton & James Matthews seen at Day 11 of Wimbledon 2017 on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by HGL/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Pippa Middleton (L) and James Matthews attend The Miles Frost Fund party at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden on June 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 27: Pippa Middleton (L) and James Matthews attend The Miles Frost Fund party at Bunga Bunga Covent Garden on June 27, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Pippa Middleton (L) and her husband James Matthews (R) arrive at Rose Bay Wharf by sea plane in Sydney on May 31, 2017. Pippa and Matthews, who married on May 20, 2017, are visiting Sydney on their honeymoon. / AFP PHOTO / SAEED KHAN (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
JUNE 1, 2017: DARWIN, NT - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Newly married James Matthews and Pippa Middleton arrive into Darwin International Airport in Darwin, Northern Territory. (Photo by Glenn Campbell/Newspix/Getty Images)
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) James Matthews and Pippa Middleton leave St Mark's Church after their wedding on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) James Matthews and Pippa Middleton leave St Mark's Church after their wedding on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews leave after getting married at St Mark's Church on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
ENGLEFIELD GREEN, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) James Matthews and Pippa Middleton leave St Mark's Church after their wedding on May 20, 2017 in Englefield Green, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
BUCKLEBURY, BERKSHIRE - DECEMBER 25: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend church on Christmas Day on December 25, 2016 in Bucklebury, Berkshire. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 06: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews attend day nine of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at Wimbledon on July 06, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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