Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jack Tweed rape trial: Victim reveals her ordeal

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A court has been told that late Celebrity Big Brother star Jade Goody’’s widower Jack Tweed had been egged on by a pal as he raped a student in his home after a night out.

It was revealed that Tweed, 22, was helped by his friend Anthony Davis, 25, an estate agent, who allegedly held the door shut as the 19-year-old woman’’s friends tried to help her.

“Don”t worry, Jack, I”ve got the door. Do what you”ve got to do,” the Mirror reported Davis as having told Tweed.

And when she tried to escape, Tweed allegedly forced her on a bed to rape her a second time.

At the same time Davis forced her to perform a sex act, leering at her.

“You love it, you dirty slut,” he allegedly told her.

Testifying from behind a screen, the woman, now 20, said that during the ordeal she had never felt as terrified in her life, and that she went into “complete lockdown” to block out what was happening.

“You leave your body. You can”t feel nothing. You close your eyes and you”re not there,” she said.

Prosecutor Linda Strudwick said the horror had “put fear into her… it had paralysed her frozen with fear”.

Strudwick said the girl was sober as a group of revellers returned to Tweed’’s home after a night out – and made clear she fancied neither him nor Davis.

The woman admitted having earlier had two glasses of wine, half a vodka and orange as well as some champagne. She had also rubbed cocaine on to her gums at the club.

But she insisted she was neither drunk nor high, and in contrast both men had drunk considerably, jurors were told.

Strudwick said Davis lured her into a bedroom and the two men manhandled her and pestered her in vain for a threesome.

Her friends burst in and she left the bedroom, later putting on jogging bottoms to cover herself up.

Davis is then said to have forced her back into the bedroom, where Tweed joined them, kissed her and pushed her to the windowsill.

The woman admitted that when Davis said he was holding shut the door, she kissed Tweed back – but claimed it was out of fear.

“I was scared. It was completely different now as the door was being held shut and in a way I felt like I had to,” she said.

Davis had earlier lied to her about having just been freed from jail, adding to her fear, she said.

“She was now beginning to become very nervous and scared,” Strudwick alleged.

“Her friends tried to get in the room but were told to go away. That made her more scared. She felt trapped. Jack Tweed’’s actions had changed. He was now more heavy-handed, more forceful,” she stated.

The jury of six men and six women were told that as Tweed raped her for the first time, she did not stop him or push him off, as she was “frozen with fear”.

“I wasn”t able to physically move, say anything, or even function about what was going on,” the woman said.

As she tried to leave, Tweed is said to have pushed her on to the bed for the second attack.

Yet as friends shouted through the door, she assured them she was OK.

“Jack said to say, ”Yes”. I didn”t know what would have happened if I didn”t. It might have got violent,” she said.

The woman said that as she later waited to leave the townhouse with her friends, Davis tried to talk to her.

“He said he was going to stab me in my face,” she claimed, and added that he later insisted he was joking.

The woman said she told her pals in the car about her ordeal and they took her to police – despite her reservations.

She claimed that because of Tweed’’s celebrity “I didn”t think I would be listened to”.

He was arrested later that morning. He initially told officers he had been in bed with another girl but then insisted that sex with the alleged rape victim had been consensual.

Davis is said to have admitted to officers that he used his foot to stop people opening the door.

He too insisted the woman agreed to sex.

Club promoter Tweed denies two counts of rape. Davis, of Chigwell, Essex, denies one.

Both defendants are out on bail. The trial continues.


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