British M.P. Nigel Evans, the deputy speaker of the House of Commons, denied on Sunday the allegations that he raped one man and sexually assaulted another. Evans was arrested Saturday night and questioned by police before being released on bail. Evans said he regarded the two men “as friends,” and one of the complaints dates back four years. “The complaints are false and I cannot understand why they have been made, especially as I have continued to socialize with one as recently as last week,” Evans said in televised remarks. Evans, 55, is openly gay, having come out publicly in 2010.