It has been reported that a British popstar is being investigated for raping a 14-year-old fan in the 1970s.
The star has not been identified but is apparently in talks with the police after a woman, now in her 50s, alleged that she and her friend were picked out from the crowd at one of his concerts, invited back to his hotel room, plied with champagne, and then raped.
Speaking to The Sun, the alleged victim said that the star’s bodyguard plucked her and her friend, aged 14 and 13 respectively, from the concert crowd and invited them back to the singer’s hotel room the next day, with the girls going along hoping to meet their idol and get an autograph.
However, once they arrived at the hotel the girls were separated.
The victim explained: “He offered me Dom Perignon Champagne. I didn’t know what it was at the time. It looked like soda.
“You just feel you have to be with the crowd so I took a sip and thought it was the most vile tasting thing I’d ever had. All I wanted to do was get it down in one gulp then get it out of the way.
“That is what I did, not realising I was now drinking alcohol for the first time.
“Then he gave me another glass and was telling me how lovely I was, and you have beautiful eyes, I really like you… and he carried on with this flirtatiousness.
“Before I knew it, it was like an immobility had set in there and then. He had me down on the bed in one fell swoop.”
Speaking about the alleged rape, she continued: “His gown was off. I was wearing a jumpsuit. He zipped it down and what had started as affectionate and safe, almost, was suddenly becoming painful and forceful, not comfortable.
“I was confused and couldn’t understand where the pain was coming from. It was just beyond me. I was very numb and found that I could not move. All I heard repetitively as he was pinning me down was: ‘Relax, relax – it won’t hurt if you relax’.
“Those words have just stuck with me over the years.
“My father was very strict with me and I just knew I had to get the hell out of this place. I came to my senses, sat up, zipped myself up and got the hell out of there.”
It was only once she returned home that the victim noticed that her body was covered in bruises, and she admits that she was left traumatised for years as she was too ashamed to confide in her friends and family.
Weeping to the paper, she shared: “I had bruises all over my body, in my groin and on my neck.
“I had hand imprints on my arm and I was trying to understand what happened. I couldn’t.
“In my mind I was completely confused about how to process this. Was it a good or bad thing? What actually happened?”
The woman says that her ordeal left her obsessed with the singer and that she has been unable to have a normal relationship with men.
Back in 2013, she decided to report the allegations to Scotland Yard but because the offence occurred overseas, it was out of their jurisdiction, however, authorities agreed to register the case for intelligence purposes and passed her claims to the relevant officials abroad.
The international police force opened an official probe on the allegations in August 2014 but dropped it six months later until last month, when a new prosecutor and investigating officer were assigned to the case.
Speaking on behalf of the prosecution service yesterday, a spokesman told The Sun: “We can confirm that charges were registered in respect of events which are alleged to have occurred in the 1970s.
“The case has been referred to police with a request for further investigation.
“This is with a view to enabling us to make a decision regarding prosecution. The docket will be further considered upon its return from the police.”
A laywer from the city where the rape allegedly happened added: “The alleged victim is a credible witness with excellent recall of the facts.
“The key to a successful prosecution is finding witnesses who place the complainant in the star’s suite and who can speak for her childlike demeanour.”