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Rape charge aristocrat 'having affair with teen'

An aristocrat accused of raping a teenage girl had been having a sexual relationship with her for over a week, a court has heard.

The Honourable James Murray (41), the son of the Earl of Mansfield, told police he had had sex with the alleged victim "up to half-a-dozen" times in the eight or nine days before the attack is said to have taken place.

Oxford Crown Court was told Murray raped the girl in June 2010 after getting her drunk.

She was one of a group of teenage friends who used to visit his Oxford flat to drink, smoke and listen to music, the court heard.

The jury heard from a friend of the alleged victim who said the pair were "just friends".

"I asked her, 'do you fancy him?', she replied 'no, we are just friends'," the witness said.

The day after the alleged attack, the girl was upset and crying and told friends that Murray kept offering her alcoholic drinks.

"She woke up the next morning with him naked next to her," the witness said.

Murray denies rape.

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