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06-04-1895

Oscar Wilde arrested after losing libel case over homosexuality

Father of two Oscar Wilde was arrested after losing a case in which he denied he was homosexual. The Marquess of Queensberry, father of one of Wilde’s many lovers, Lord Alfred Douglas, had accused him of what was then a criminal offence so Wilde, against advice, took a complaint of criminal libel. If Wilde won, he would win back his reputation. If he lost, he would by default be exposed as a homosexual and subject to arrest.And in a hotel in Knightsbridge on this date, that is what happened.