A British member of parliament who is on trial for one rape, two indecent assaults and six sexual assaults has denied that he "Nigelled" a man who was sleeping at his home after a party.
The alleged victim, a man in his 20s, claims that he awoke to find 56-year-old former deputy speaker Nigel Evans on top of him. “I felt Nigel on top of me, trying to force himself into me. I was face down,” the man told Preston Crown Court. "I didn't move at all. I couldn't move... in shock.”
The alleged rape happened at Evans’ home in his Ribble Valley constituency. Before attending the party, the man said that colleagues warned him he might get Nigelled.
Despite the warning, the man allowed himself to be "escorted" to Evans’ bedroom and got under the covers with him.
“Now in hindsight, it was stupid but at the time I did not see that it would necessarily lead to something more,” the victim told prosecutor Mark Heywood. "It was a bad decision but I didn't rationalize it at the time.”
“I rationalized it that I have known this man for 18 months, we have only had one slight incident that was inappropriate. We were also friends and I had shared beds with friends and it never meant anything sexual.”
Evans’ trial is ongoing.
[BBC] [Wales Online]