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Male 'rape victim' denies sex with top Tory consensual

By Kim Pilling

An alleged rape victim has denied he suggested going to bed with former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans and that they had consensual sex.

The man, aged in his early 20s, claims he woke up to find the 56-year-old MP on top of him, and that he was then raped as he laid "in shock".

The incident is said to have taken place after the complainant attended a dinner party last year at Evans's home in his Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire, where he had agreed to stay overnight in a spare room.

Preston Crown Court heard the man say he had not invited or wanted any sexual contact, but he said he got under the covers with Evans after he was "escorted" to his bedroom.

Yesterday Peter Wright QC, defending, suggested to the complainant that he willingly went to Evans's bedroom following a period of "intimacy" downstairs, where they had been kissing.

The complainant replied: "That is pure fiction."

On Wednesday the complainant, who is giving evidence from behind a screen, admitted it was "a bad decision" to get into bed with Evans.

He said: "I rationalised it that I have known this man for 18 months, we have only had one slight incident that was inappropriate. We were also friends and I had shared beds with friends and it never meant anything sexual."

The complainant is one of seven young men that Evans is alleged to have sexually assaulted on various dates between 2002 and last year. Evans denies one rape, two indecent assaults and six sexual assaults.

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