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Court hears Lovett 'raped woman as she was sleeping'

A YOUNG woman allegedly raped by former St Kilda footballer Andrew Lovett, who featured on the Aussie team that defeated Ireland in the International Rules series back in 2005, told a female friend that she was asleep when he allegedly assaulted her.

While giving evidence in a Melbourne court yesterday, the female friend, who cannot be named, said the alleged victim told her that "I was asleep and he thumped the s*** out of me".

A court heard the two young women had met a group of St Kilda footballers, including Lovett, Jason Gram and Nick Riewoldt, at the Royal Saxon hotel in Richmond around Christmas last year and had drinks before returning to Gram's Port Melbourne apartment.

The court heard the alleged victim was intoxicated on Gram's bed when the alleged rape occurred. The witness said she found her friend afterwards, sitting in a foetals position and asking to leave.

The witness said after running from the apartment the alleged victim was crying and told her in a cab: "I was asleep and he raped me ... I kept saying, 'no'."

During his evidence, Gram told the hearing that he pleaded for the alleged victim to tell him what had happened.

In his statement, Gram told police she replied: "He f***ed the s**t out of me, I feel like a slut. I thought it was you. It was the dark guy."

Gram said he later asked Lovett what had happened and Lovett said the sex had been consensual.

Gram said Lovett collapsed and cried when told the woman was accusing him of rape.