Saturday 29 November 2014

Amy's lover raped woman while she slept, court told

John Fahey London

Published 11/12/2012 | 05:00

The boyfriend of the late singer Amy Winehouse allegedly raped a woman while she was asleep, a court heard yesterday.

Reg Traviss (35) attacked the woman after she was so drunk she could not stand, it was claimed.

The film director, who was Winehouse's boyfriend when she died at her home in Camden, north London, in July last year, faces two counts of rape at Southwark Crown Court. He denies the charges.

Traviss and the woman, a friend, had been drinking at three bars in the capital on December 30 last year before going to his home on Marylebone High Street.

There she alleges she fell asleep to wake up with him raping her.

Kate Lumsdon, prosecuting, said the complainant felt extremely weak and suffered from a blood sugar level condition.

She said the accused asked if she wanted to go back to sleep, which she did, but woke up to find him raping her again.

"She said she felt so tired and so weak that she passed out.

"She did not wake again till halfway through the afternoon."

The jury of six men and six women heard that the complainant went out with friends the following night, New Year's Eve, went away to New York in the new year and waited almost three weeks before reporting Traviss to police. Ian Winter, cross examining, said the pair had consensual sex and her claims were "frankly absurd".

After the alleged rapes, the pair texted each other about possibly meeting up the following night to go to a rock band's after-show party.

The trial continues today.

Irish Independent

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