Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

I'm A Celebrity star 'raped girls'

Aggro Santos is on trial at Chichester Crown Court accused of rape

Former I'm A Celebrity contestant Aggro Santos raped two girls, one aged just 16, when he took them back to his hotel room after performing at gigs, a court has heard.

The 24-year-old Brazilian-born rapper is alleged to have forced one of the victims to have sex with him after he performed at the opening of Club Soho in Yeovil, Somerset, on September 25, 2010.

He is then accused of raping a then 16-year-old girl in 2011 after the University of Chichester summer ball while friend and co-defendant Tyrelle Ritchie, 22, forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Chichester Crown Court was told that in the Yeovil incident, the victim and a friend had gone to the club opening to see Santos perform because they were fans.

Afterwards, as they waited in the car park, they spoke to Santos and she went back to the hotel where she had consensual sex with Santos's manager while her friend went to another room with the rapper.

The alleged victim, who is in her 20s, said that a few minutes later the pair returned to the room and Santos then tried to initiate sex with her, which she resisted and then he raped her.

In the second incident in Chichester, West Sussex, on May 7 last year, Santos had performed at the university's summer ball when his crew invited the victim, her older sister, who was a student at the university, and two friends to a backstage room for drinks.

Isobel Ascherson, prosecuting, said the group were then invited to an after-show party at the nearby Ship Hotel and they agreed to go. Miss Ascherson said the 16-year-old then had consensual sex with Santos in his hotel bathroom while her sister had consensual sex with 21-year-old Ritchie in another room.

She explained the victim then accused Santos of forcing her to have sex for a second time at the same time as Ritchie forced her to perform oral sex on him in the hotel room when they were alone. The police were then called when the older sister found out what had happened and confronted the men, the jury heard.

Santos, who is charged under his real name Yuri Santos, of Bickersteth Road, Tooting, south-west London, denies two counts of rape. Ritchie, of Vauxhall Street, Lambeth, south east London, denies one count of oral rape.

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