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Friday 18 April 2014

Jack Tweed 'raped woman after pestering her for threesome'

Jack Tweed, the widower of reality TV star Jade Goody, raped a shy teenager after pestering her for a threesome after a night out, a court heard today.

Tweed attacked the then-19-year-old while his friend Anthony Davis held the bedroom door shut and told him: "Do what you've got to do", Snaresbrook Crown Court in east London heard.



Tweed, a 22-year-old club promoter, denies attacking the young woman in the early hours of September 4 last year.



Linda Strudwick, prosecuting, said the alleged victim and her friends went to Tweed's house in Brandesbury Square, Repton Park, Woodford Green, east London, after a night out at the Embassy club in Mayfair.



The woman was shy and "made it plain to both defendants that she was not interested in them sexually", Ms Strudwick said.



But Davis pushed her into a bedroom and called for Tweed to join him, the court was told.



Ms Strudwick went on: "They knew, the Crown say, that she was frightened and did not want to be alone with them.



"Anthony Davis held the door shut, saying to Jack Tweed 'Don't worry, Jack, I've got the door, do what you've got to do'."



The court heard at first the young woman thought they were just "lads being lads" but as she realised what was happening she became "frozen with fear".



Ms Strudwick said Tweed and Davis "were predatory and, whether they agreed this or not, they seemed to work together".



The court heard Davis lured the young woman into the bedroom by telling her: "Come and look at this."



Ms Strudwick said: "They shut the door and began to manhandle her.



"They were asking for 'a threesome'. She said 'No'. They started to pester her. They were touching her. They asked her for a threesome again and she said 'No'."



The court heard that both men were "grabbing at her, pushing her" but at this stage she was still trying to laugh it off.



Ms Strudwick said: "She did not imagine that they had targeted her as the quiet one, the one they could bully into submission."



The woman's friends interrupted the scene and she was able to leave the bedroom, the court heard, and later she asked to borrow some jogging bottoms to "cover up".



Ms Strudwick said: "Anthony Davis then grabbed her and pushed her into the bedroom. She tried to walk out but Anthony Davis called for Jack Tweed, who came straight in."



The court heard that Tweed began kissing her and pushed her against the window sill.



Ms Strudwick said: "She was now beginning to become very nervous and scared.



"Her friends tried to get into the room but they were told to go away and that made her more scared.



"She felt trapped. Jack Tweed's actions had changed. He was now more heavy-handed, more forceful.



"She describes her feelings as never having been so scared in all her life.



"She did not move. She kept her eyes shut.



"Her friends pushed at the door asking if she was OK.



"Anthony Davis said 'Don't worry, Jack, I've got the door. Do what you've got to do'.



"That surely put fear into her. It paralysed her frozen with fear."



The court heard that, after Tweed raped her the first time, the young woman was able to push him away and move towards the door, but he pushed her back on to the bed.



Ms Strudwick said: "Even if he had thought for a moment that her silence, her frozen state, when he pushed her on to the window sill had been consent, he now knew that she wanted to leave.



"He was preventing her and using force to push her on to the bed.



"This was not a joke or a game."



The court heard that Tweed then raped her again and she was "in a world of her own, trying to block out what was happening".



She then struggled to escape as Davis raped her, the court was told.



The court heard that, on the night of the alleged attack, Tweed drank five beers and "several" vodka lemonades while Davis had also drunk a "considerable amount".



The young woman had "drunk comparatively little" but took a small amount of cocaine at the club, the hearing was told.



Ms Strudwick said that at 3am, back at the house, Tweed had changed into boxer shorts and a dressing gown.



The court heart that it was at this point that Davis began pestering her, asking: "Are you the quiet one out of all of them?"



Tweed, wearing a white jumper over a white shirt, appeared to listen intently to the proceedings.



Davis, a 26-year-old estate agent, of Stradbroke Drive, Chigwell, Essex, wore a black suit and tie with a white shirt.



Tweed denies two counts of rape while Davis denies one count of the same charge. Both defendants are on bail.

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