Teen actor 'raped boy to prove he was bisexual', Blackfriars Crown Court trial hears
A child actor raped a 14-year-old boy to prove to his girlfriend he was bisexual, a court heard.
The South London actor, who was then 15, allegedly forced himself on the teenager in a stairwell a London theatre in July 2010 after the boy refused his advances.
The next day, the defendant - who cannot be named for legal reasons - dragged the boy down the stairwell and raped him in front of his girlfriend, a jury heard.
While giving evidence at Blackfriars Crown Court today the alleged victim, now 17, collapsed behind a curtain and the court was cleared so he could receive medical treatment.
The defendant, also now 17, is facing one count of rape and three counts of sexual assault between July and September 2010 while the pair studied at the same stage school.
As well as allegedly forcing himself on the teenager in the stairwell, he is also accused of sexually assaulting him in a changing room and a toilet.
Prosecutor, Timothy Forster, said the attacks started after the defendant’s girlfriend had asked him about his sexuality and he approached the victim saying: “I think I’m bi”.
Forster said: “The victim took that to mean that he was telling him he was bisexual.
"He then asked him to come downstairs with him but he refused.
“The defendant then sent him a picture of his erect penis and asked the victim to send him a similar picture in return but he refused.
“He was saying he wanted to do it with him and wanted to do it so [his girlfriend] would watch.”
The school broke up for the summer holidays but, when they returned, the abuse allegedly started again and he was assaulted in the urinals and in the men’s changing room.
When the victim refused his advances, the defendant is alleged to have masturbated in front of him out of shot of a CCTV camera.
The court heard how the victim did not tell anyone of the abuse at first because he was “shocked and ashamed”.
The jury was sent home early today after the victim collapsed and the judge is now considering allowing him to appear via videolink.
The defendant denies one count of oral rape in July 2010 and three counts of sexual assault between July and September 2010