Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

Premier League footballer groped girl then broke her nose, court told

Premier League footballer Marlon King groped a woman and then broke her nose when she rejected his advances at a celebrity nightclub, a court has heard.

The Wigan Athletic striker had allegedly shouted “Don't you know who I am, I'm a millionaire”, before “smashing her in the face with a clenched fist”.

London's Southwark Crown Court heard his “completely gratuitous violence” came just minutes after he spotted the slightly-built 20-year-old at the Soho Revue Bar last December.

Roger Daniells-Smith, prosecuting, told jurors the 29-year-old defendant had not been part of her group and “none of them had invited him to join them”.

But that did not stop the married father-of-three from “sexually touching” the woman on her bottom, claimed counsel.

The barrister said the woman left him in no doubt what she thought of his behaviour, “firmly” insisting: “Don't do that, it's not nice. Don't touch me.”

The lawyer claimed that instead of “taking the hint” King allegedly turned to two other women in the 20-strong group and started “touching them around their necks and chins”.

“They, too, recoiled from his touching them and told him very clearly to stop behaving in this manner,” he said.

Mr Daniells-Smith claimed that the Jamaica international then pestered the first woman again by “stroking her hair”.

“Once again she recoiled from him touching her, and told him to stop. He replied ‘Don't you know who I am, I'm a millionaire’. She replied: ‘I don't care who you are, take your millionaire self away from our table’.”

The barrister said when she then pushed his hand away from her hair, he grabbed her wrist, and she shoved him in the chest.

“At that moment Marlon King took one step backward and smashed her in the face with a clenched fist. He broke her nose with the blow,” the lawyer said.

King, who denies one count of sexual assault “by touching” and one of causing her actual bodily harm, says he was the victim of “mistaken identity”. At hearing.

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