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The 23-year-old cricketer, who is accused of raping a sleeping woman, claims that she "instigated sex".


23-year-old Alex Hepburn denies raping a woman in his teammate's room and claims the alleged victim instigated sex with him

A cricketer who is accused of raping a sleeping woman today claimed that his alleged victim came to him and "enjoyed" sex with "whom she instigated".

23-year-old Alex Hepburn is accused of sexually assaulting the woman when she slept in his roommate Joe Clarke's room in Worcester in 2017.

The court heard today that "arrogantly" Hepburn "told a lot of lies" about what happened the night he allegedly raped the sleeping student.

The jury was told there was "no trace of evidence". The woman in her twenties agreed to have sex with him.

The woman met Mr. Clarke, 22, at a night club before returning to his Worcester apartment, where she had sex with him. She claims that Mr. Clarke passed out later and woke up when Hepburn raped her.

Australian-born Hepburn, who came to Britain at the age of 17, denied that he was "God's gift to women" and told the court that he was "embarrassed" about a sexual conquest game he participated in on WhatsApp.

He admitted that he had played a similar game a year earlier with six other cricketers, in which he had slept with 20 women, while the court heard that his nickname was "The Battery" because of his "performance for so long took".

When Hepburn spoke at Worcester Crown Court today, he claimed that he went into the room after Mr. Clarke left, and the woman who cannot be named started kissing him before they had "pleasant sex".

The cricket player initially told the jury when the trial resumed that the woman had had a sex act on him, but later said he had "no memory of it" after the prosecutor said he had never mentioned it before.

Hepburn informed the court that the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, kept her eyes open and "got engaged" when they were having sex on a mattress.

Mr. Hepburn, pictured in court with his girlfriend Lucy Street, admitted that he was ashamed to take part in a "WhatsApp game of sexual conquest" with his friends

Mr. Hepburn, pictured in court with his girlfriend Lucy Street, admitted that he was ashamed to take part in a "WhatsApp game of sexual conquest" with his friends

Hepburn said of the night in question: “When I got back to the apartment, Joe was sleeping in the bathroom. He was standing on the wall.

I undressed and went to bed. Then I realized that there was a woman in bed.

She rolled towards me. She made eye contact and kissed me. I could see that her eyes were open. I recognized her. I had met her before.

& # 39; she instigated the kisses. She kissed me on the lips. That was a normal kiss. & # 39;

He told the court that the woman had sex with him for 10 minutes and "seemed to enjoy it".

Hepburn told the jury that they had full sex before their mood suddenly changed.

He said, "At some point, she said," What are you doing? ". I replied & # 39; Why, what do you mean? & # 39 ;.

I was confused why she asked this question. She said: & # 39; Where's Joe? Where's joe & # 39; and pushed me away.

"I didn't understand what was happening at that point. It was no different from a normal sexual encounter.

I hadn't asked her permission, but we started kissing. I didn't see the need because it kissed me. I tried to continue having sex.

When she pushed me away, I stopped. She went to the bathroom. I haven't seen what she did. I assumed that she was on the phone.

She stayed there for a few minutes. She seemed desperate and called me a sick guy and said I raped her. & # 39;

He added: “My reaction was a shock. I hadn't raped her. She continued to get dressed. She got dressed and left the bedroom.

I heard her open and close doors in the apartment. I went out of the bedroom to see what was going on.

She spoke to Joe for a few seconds. I went back to the bedroom, sat in bed and tried to understand what had happened.

“I didn't see her after that. I saw Joe when he came back into the room.

He asked me and told me what she said. He asked me: "Did you rape her?" and I denied it.

"The police arrived within minutes of the cricket boys returning to the apartment, and I was immediately arrested."

Hepburn is leaving Worcester Crown Court on Monday. He is involved in two rape cases

Hepburn is leaving Worcester Crown Court on Monday. He is involved in two rape cases

Hepburn later admitted that he couldn't remember the woman who initiated oral sex after being pushed by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC.

She said, "You didn't say that in the last trial. Why did you change your evidence? & # 39;

Cricket player & # 39; called himself & # 39; The Battery & # 39; in the WhatsApp group & # 39;

The court heard Hepburn nickname "The Battery" about how long his sexual encounters lasted, and joked about his friend who raped women.

The jury was informed that the cricketer and his friends posted the news on WhatsApp as part of a sex contest to see who could sleep with most women.

Hepburn once wrote: “What are the rules for rewarming [term for someone you have slept with before]?

Another friend replied, "No warm-up exercises."

Hepburn replied, "F *** I'm in trouble."

Hepburn later said to Clarke, “I always bring birds back and you rape them.

"My nickname is" The Battery "because my ****** g only lasts for hours."

Hepburn described the messages today as "disgusting" and said they did not represent who he was as a person.

Hepburn said he had slept with about 20 different women last year, and the night of the incident was the start of a new campaign between the friends.

Hepburn added: "Now I'm embarrassed. I wasn't embarrassed at the time because it was a private chat. I thought [the competition] was fun.

"We didn't think we were God's gift to women. We didn't really make fun of someone who was with someone who wasn't considered good looking. & # 39;

Hepburn replied: & # 39; I am not sure. I'm not sure why I told the jury that. I was about seven out of ten on the drunk scale when I got back to the apartment. I was drunk but knew what I was doing. & # 39;

The court heard that ex-England Lions stars Hepburn and Mr Clarke were both part of the "intense Laddish" group "Stat Chat" that rated women for their performance in bed.

Participants received points for sleeping with a new woman, nicknamed "Freshies", and rated women they met based on factors such as performance in bed and in the race.

In her closing speech, Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said to the jury: “Don't have any illusions that this is an important case in the lives of both parties.

& # 39; This changed both lives. Both cried, maybe for different reasons. The victim out of embarrassment at what happened to her.

& # 39; Hepburn, the total embarrassment of what he loved to write to his friends who came out for the whole world to know. His was out of self-pity.

"Do you really think that the young lady wanted to wait two years and two exams to relive the night in public?

“He doesn't really remember how she put her hand on his penis, but he told you under oath.

“Why would she think someone else would come into the bedroom that was Joe Clarke's and go to bed with her naked?

"You might be thinking, how could she not tell the difference? They look pretty similar. They are built quite similarly. & # 39;

She also talked about Clarkes and Hepburns & # 39; stat & # 39; game.

"Is it a window into the mindset of somewhat arrogant young men and their attitude towards meeting young women?

& # 39; This was not the first year. They had been doing it for a year. They laughed at it and joked about it and they scored women.

& # 39; There is an insight into the attitudes of men, especially Hepburn. Hepburn told a lot of lies. There's no trace of evidence that she agreed to have sex with Hepburn.

"The WhatsApp messages dehumanize the girls they dealt with."

But Hepburn's lawyer Michelle Heeley QC argued that the alleged victim was inconsistent in her evidence and her memory was "blurred" due to alcohol consumption.

She also claimed that if the woman wasn't sure who she was sleeping with, it wasn't Hepburn's fault and made him a rapist.

She added that the WhatsApp messages showed "outdated, sexist attitudes towards women".

The court heard that Hepburn had consumed around 15 units of alcohol with his friends in downtown Sin and Bushwhackers on the night of March 31, 2017.

Hepburn, currently unemployed, denies two rape cases.

The process continues.

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