Nine-time Paralympic swimming champion and Conservative peer Chris Holmes has denied sexually assaulting a masseuse at a five-star hotel ©Getty Images

Nine-time Paralympic swimming champion and Conservative peer Chris Holmes has denied sexually assaulting a masseuse at a five-star hotel.

Lord Holmes of Richmond, who is blind, appeared at Southwark Crown Court today charged with sexual assault following an alleged incident on March 7.

The 47-year-old is accused of grabbing the bottom of a female masseuse at a London hotel.

Lord Holmes, who was led into court by his solicitor Alex Dos Santos while holding a folding white cane, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

He spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, nationality and to enter his plea.

He is next due to appear at court on September 30 and a date for his trial has not yet been set.

Lord Chris Holmes won nine Paralympic gold medals and was director of Paralympic integration at London 2012 ©Getty Images
Lord Chris Holmes won nine Paralympic gold medals and was director of Paralympic integration at London 2012 ©Getty Images

Lord Holmes won six gold medals at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, before adding three more at Atlanta 1996.

In addition to his nine Paralympic gold medals, Lord Holmes broke 35 world records during his career in the pool.

He has held various roles in sport since his retirement, including director of Paralympic integration at London 2012.

Lord Holmes, who also claimed five Paralympic silvers and a bronze medal, was elevated to the House of Lords the following year.

The Briton had previously served as an ambassador for London's successful Olympic and Paralympic bid and was named deputy chairman of Channel 4, the Paralympic broadcaster in his home country, last year.