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Jack Tweed found not guilty of raping woman

Jack Tweed arriving at court earlier
Jack Tweed's celebrity wife Jade Goody died last year

The widower of the reality TV star Jade Goody and his friend have been cleared of raping a teenager in Essex.

Jack Tweed, 22, and Anthony Davis, 26, were accused of attacking the woman on 4 September 2009.

Mr Tweed, who works as a nightclub promoter, and Mr Davis had both denied the offence.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard the alleged attack took place at Mr Tweed's home in Repton Park, Woodford Green, when the woman was aged 19.

Mr Tweed had described sex with the woman - who said she was "frozen with fear" - as consensual.

'Scurrilous allegations'

There were cheers of celebration from friends and family of the defendants who packed into the public gallery of the court when the verdicts were read out.

Mr Tweed issued a statement through his solicitor, Philip Smith, which said: "I'm relieved that the jury have taken a matter of minutes to see through these scurrilous and completely groundless allegations.

"I now want to put the last eight months behind me and rebuild my life as a 22-year-old young man."

Mr Tweed, who was standing next to Mr Smith, then interrupted his solicitor to add: "I'd first like to thank my family and friends and everyone who stood by me."

Mr Tweed and Mr Davis were alleged to have attacked the teenager after meeting her at the Embassy club in Mayfair.

The prosecution had said the woman was shy and sober at the time.

Mr Tweed had admitted having sex with the woman but said he was not aware his friend was in the room at the same time.



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