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Court: Amy Winehouse’s lover and Marylebone film director goes on trial for ‘raping sleeping woman’

14:20 10 December 2012

Reg Traviss outside Southwark Crown Court on Monday. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA

Reg Traviss outside Southwark Crown Court on Monday. Picture: Sean Dempsey/PA

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The ex-boyfriend of tragic singer Amy Winehouse raped a female friend twice in his Marylebone home after a night of partying, a court heard today.

Film director Reg Traviss, 35, of Devonshire Street, attacked the woman after she was so drunk she could not stand, it was claimed. The film director, who was Miss Winehouse’s boyfriend at the time she died in July last year, had been drinking with a female friend at three bars in the capital on December 30 last year before they went back to his home, Southwark Crown Court heard.

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 agreed.

She 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 Traviss asked if she wanted to go back to sleep, which she did, but woke up to find him raping her again.

“She said she felt so tired and so weak that she passed out. She says ‘It felt just like a bad dream’.

“She remembers him saying ‘Oh, I always wanted to do this to you’. She did not wake again ‘til halfway through the afternoon.”

The next day Traviss repaid the woman for some drinks she had bought the night before and showed her to the Tube so she could go home.

But before leaving the property the victim could not find her underwear. Miss Lumsdon said Traviss told the victim: “I actually want to keep them.”

The jury of six men and six women heard that the woman went out with friends the following night, New Year’s Eve, as she didn’t want to let friends down and didn’t under stand “the full scale of what had happened to her”.

She fulfilled plans to travel to New York in the new year and waited almost three weeks before contacting police, worried about what she “had to go through by reporting it”.

Miss Lumsdon said: “She thought it would be easier to forget about it.” On January 18 the woman visited the Haven in Paddington, telling staff about the alleged rape.

Traviss was arrested on April 5 and told police the pair were equally drunk. When they arrived at his flat, she lit candles and told him to sleep in the bed with her, he told officers.

They had consensual protected sex and then 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.

Traviss denies two counts of rape. The trial continues.

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