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Rugby rape trial: Woman denies lying for 'fear group sex images would be leaked on social media'

By Claire O'Boyle

The alleged victim in the rape trial of two Ireland rugby stars has denied she lied about what happened because she feared pictures of her engaging in group sex would be leaked on social media.

Paddy Jackson (26) and Stuart Olding (24) are accused of raping the woman in June 2016. Both deny the charges.

Barrister for Jackson, Brendan Kelly QC told Belfast Crown Court the student, aged 19 at the time of the alleged attack, had lied because she feared “the rumour or the picture to support it would get out,” after a second woman had walked into the room.

The complainant said: “The fact the girl walked in was secondary. The main thing I was concerned about was I had been raped.”

Mr Kelly also told the court the complainant had contacted one friend before another on the morning of June 28, 2016, because she was “likely to be one of the first that would come by the rumour or any film or photograph on social media".

The alleged victim denied this, saying: “That’s an entirely twisted mindset and thought process you have laid out there. That is not what I was thinking or feeling at the time.”

Mr Kelly said the “lie” she started with her friends the morning after the alleged attack was because she was “petrified of the fallout from the night before".

The complainant denied this, saying: “No it wasn’t. There were no lies told. The fact of the matter was, I was raped.”

The trial continues.

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