The Ireland rugby international says he has never been violent towards anyone

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Under cross-examination in his rape trial before Belfast Crown Court, Paddy Jackson denied pushing a woman beyond what she was prepared to do.

The Ireland and Ulster rugby player has finished giving evidence in his defence of allegations of raping and sexually assaulting her in June 2016.

He denies both charges.

The woman claims Paddy Jackson raped her on his bed during an afters party in his south Belfast home on June 28th 2016.

She further claims his Ireland and Ulster rugby teammate Stuart Olding came in at one point and forced her to perform oral sex on him.

From the stand today, Mr Jackson told the jury he got the impression she liked him and he liked her back.

He said she followed him to his room where there they shared a consensual kiss, and he denied trying to take her trousers down during this first visit.

He claims she performed oral sex on him when she later followed him to his room for a second time.

He said she then turned her attention to Mr Olding when he walked in.

Mr Jackson said no force was used and she didn't seem upset when she left.

Under cross-examination, he denied having sex with her and when asked how he formed the opinion she was enjoying herself, he said: "She was doing it so she must have been."

Mr Olding denies one count of oral rape.


Earlier, Mr Jackson told the court he isn’t aggressive or violent and has never been in a fight or thrown a punch.

If you have been affected by anything mentioned in this article you can contact the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre National 24-Hour helpline on 1800 77 88 88.