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Reg Traviss: Winehouse Boyfriend 'Raped Woman'
The boyfriend of the late singer Amy Winehouse allegedly twice raped a woman while she was asleep, a court has heard.
Reg Traviss, 35, attacked the woman after she got so drunk she could not stand, it was claimed.
The film director, who was Winehouse's boyfriend when she died at her home in Camden, north London, in July last year, faces two counts of rape at Southwark Crown Court. He denies the charges.
Traviss and the woman, a friend, had been drinking at three bars in the capital on December 30 last year before going to his home on Marylebone High Street. There she alleges she twice fell asleep to wake up with him raping her.
Kate Lumsdon, prosecuting, said the complainant remembered Traviss asking if she wanted to stay at his and she assumed she had said yes.
Ms Lumsdon said: "His asking that question was the last thing she remembers that evening until woken in his bed because of a sharp pain. She realised he had penetrated her.
"She asked what he was doing and told him to stop. He stopped. She was very shocked. He offered her a drink. She accepted and remembers it was more alcohol, wine."
The prosecutor said the pair had a conversation in which Traviss asked her if she just wanted to stay friends.
"She said, 'Yeah.' They chatted for about half an hour and she relaxed again. She could not process what had happened and could hardly believe it. He was acting as if nothing had happened at all."
Miss Lumsdon said the complainant felt extremely weak and suffered from a blood sugar level condition.
She said the accused asked if she wanted to go back to sleep, which she did, but woke up to find him raping her again.
The complainant told the court: "I had this blurry understanding of what was happening and I couldn't understand if it was happening or a bad dream and I just passed out."
She added: "I can't understand how somebody so nice and gentlemanly could do something like that."
Traviss said they were both equally drunk. He said when they got back to his property, she lit some candles and declined the suggestion that he should sleep on the sofa.
The complainant told him to sleep in the bed with her, he told officers.
They had consensual sex with a condom before stopping and moving to a sofa where they agreed "we shouldn't have done that" because they were old friends, the jury heard.
Traviss told officers the woman then said: "Oh, come on, let's go and get back into bed again." His case is that they had sex again, and she wanted to continue but he was too tired. They parted the next day with a "big cuddle and a kiss", he told detectives.
The trial continues.
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