Monday 20 November 2017

Woman accusing Amy Winehouse boyfriend of rape went clubbing the next night, court told

The boyfriend of late singer Amy Winehouse, Reg Traviss, arriving at Southwark Crown Court. Photo: PA
The boyfriend of late singer Amy Winehouse, Reg Traviss, arriving at Southwark Crown Court. Photo: PA

John Fahey

A WOMAN who alleges Amy Winehouse's boyfriend twice raped her while she slept went out clubbing the next night, a court was told today.

The complainant, who has accused Reg Traviss, 35, of attacking her after she was so drunk she could not stand up, went out with friends on New Year's Eve last year.

The woman, a friend of the film director, told Southwark Crown Court: "I didn't want to be at home miserable thinking about it."

She alleges that Traviss, who was going out with the Back To Black singer when she died in July last year, raped her twice at his central London home in the early hours of December 31.

The woman, who cannot be named, said she woke up to find Traviss raping her.

The jury of six men and six women have heard he stopped when told to and they then had a glass of wine on his sofa and talked before the complainant trusted him to go back to bed with her.

She alleges she woke up a second time to find him raping her.

Today, after saying she waited three months for an Aids test, she told the court: "When I woke up that afternoon I was confused and not sure if it was a dream or I had been raped.

"When I left I didn't want to ask Reg in case it came across really rude.

"It was only when I got home I thought about it again and realised what had happened."

Traviss, supported in court by his brother and friends, denies two counts of rape.

In the hours before the alleged attacks, the pair drank at three bars.

The last bar they visited was Jet Black, owned by Traviss's brother.

The complainant has said she was so drunk she had to prop, herself up on the bar and a taxi driver would not have taken her home.

Today, the jury was shown CCTV footage from Jet Black which showed the pair walking to the toilets at 3.02am.

The alleged victim, in her 20s, giving evidence from behind a screen, agreed she could walk unaided but asked what time she left the club.

"3.42am," answered Ian Winter QC, defending.

The barrister asked her if it was her case that she drank so much in 40 minutes that she could no longer walk.

"I guess so," she said.

Further footage showed Traviss leaving the bar with the woman, talking to the bouncers and getting into a taxi with his arm around her.

"You are perfectly able to walk, correct?" asked the QC.

"I don't remember that," she said.

"You were perfectly able to walk."

"As you can see in the video, yes," said the complainant.

Traviss's case is that the sex was consensual.

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