Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Young actor 'used boy for sex game'

A court has heard that a young TV star used a teenage boy for a 'sexual game'
A court has heard that a young TV star used a teenage boy for a 'sexual game'

A young television actor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage boy "bullied" his alleged victim and used him "for a sexual game", a court has heard.

The TV star, who cannot be identified because of his age, is alleged to have attacked the boy to prove to his girlfriend that he was bisexual. The defendant claims their sexual activity was consensual and he denies sexual assault

The complainant - who was 14 at the time of the alleged incidents - collapsed in the witness box at London's Blackfriars Crown Court as he gave evidence on Monday.

Cross-examining the actor, prosecutor Timothy Forster said: "You were a bully towards (the alleged victim) and that is how I suggest you come across in the witness box. You were the confident one and he was the one who lacked confidence."

The court has heard that the actor twice attacked the teenager at a theatre, once while his girlfriend was present. It is also alleged that the actor held the complainant's hands together with just one hand while they were in a toilet at school and performed a sex act on him.

Mr Forster asked the defendant if he had used the alleged victim. "You decided perhaps because you had heard rumours he was gay that you were going to use him," he suggested. The actor replied: "Experiment."

The barrister suggested the attacks took place "partially for a sexual game you were having with your girlfriend". "No," the defendant replied.

"You didn't care what (the alleged victim) thought, did you?" Mr Forster asked. "It wasn't like that," the actor insisted. "Which is why you forced yourself on him on the first occasion," the barrister added.

Mr Forster questioned the TV star about an incident in a school changing room during which he punched the boy in the face. The actor had previously told the court he did not mean to hit the boy, and was aiming for his friend.

But Mr Forster said: "I suggest that the final act of violence towards (the alleged victim) was an example of the way you bullied him throughout. The incident in that changing room gives this jury a window into the relationship you had with (the alleged victim), showing your true colours as a bully." Bringing his cross-examination to an end, Mr Forster said: "I suggest you have been telling the jury nothing but lies."

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