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Jack Tweed 'in joint rape attack on teenager'

Jack Tweed arriving at court earlier
Jack Tweed and his friend were "predatory" rapists, the court heard

Jack Tweed, the widower of reality TV star Jade Goody, raped a teenager at his Essex home at the same time as his friend, a court has been told.

At Snaresbrook Crown Court the 22-year-old denied two charges of raping the woman, then 19, at his home in Repton Park, Woodford Green, in September.

Anthony Davis, 26, from Chigwell, Essex, denies one charge of rape.

The prosecution alleges Mr Davis and Mr Tweed raped her at the same time while her friends tried to open the door.

The pair had met the woman at a nightclub in London's West End on 4 September 2009, the court was told.

Linda Strudwick, prosecuting, said the victim and her friends went to Mr Tweed's house after a night out at the Embassy club in Mayfair, central London.

Her friends tried to get into the room but they were told to go away and that made her more scared
Linda Strudwick, prosecuting

The victim was shy, sober and "made it plain to both defendants that she was not interested in them sexually", Ms Strudwick said.

But Mr Davis pushed her into a bedroom and called for Mr Tweed to join him, the court heard.

Ms Strudwick said: "Anthony Davis held the door shut, saying to Jack Tweed: 'Don't worry Jack, I've got the door, do what you've got to do'."

Giving evidence from behind a screen, the alleged victim, now 20, said she was not drunk but had dipped her finger into some cocaine and rubbed it on to her gums.

She said that at one point Mr Tweed started kissing her.

"That's when I nervously laughed and pushed him off," she told the court.

Later she said Mr Davis grabbed her in a "kind of bear hug" and walked her backwards into the bedroom.

'Struggling to escape'

Ms Strudwick said Mr Davis and Mr Tweed "were predatory and, whether they agreed this or not, they seemed to work together".

The court heard that Mr Tweed began kissing the woman and pushed her against the window sill.

Ms Strudwick said: "She was now beginning to become very nervous and scared.

"Her friends tried to get into the room but they were told to go away and that made her more scared."

The court heard that after Mr Tweed raped her the first time, the young woman was able to push him away and move towards the door.

But he pushed her back on to the bed.

'Looking for photographs'

Ms Strudwick said Mr Tweed then raped her again at the same time as Mr Davis and she was "in a world of her own, trying to block out what was happening".

Ronald Jaffa, defending Mr Tweed, suggested to the woman was excited to be in the house of a celebrity.

He said: "You were going around looking in rooms.

"Were you looking for photographs of Jade Goody?"

She replied: "No."

Mr Jaffa said: "Is the reality here that when you said you had sex with Jack and Anthony that the girls were just horrified and that's why you were upset?

"Is that not actually the way it all came about?"

Again, the woman replied: "No".

Mr Tweed married Big Brother star Jade Goody, 27, shortly before she died from cervical cancer in March 2009.

The trial continues.



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