Paddy Jackson Denies Pushing Woman Beyond What She Was Prepared To Do
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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.
When asked if he has ever been violent towards a person, Paddy Jackson says:— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) March 7, 2018
He says he has never been in a fight, is not aggressive and has never thrown a punch.
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.
Mr. Jackson says he went up to his bedroom and thought she might follow. He said she did and they started kissing. He denies lunging at her and describes the kissing as "passionate"— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) March 7, 2018
Mr. Jackson tells court she came into the room again after him where they started kissing again. He said it was consensual. He denied using any force on her and said:— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) March 7, 2018
"No, I wouldn't do that"
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.
Mr. Jackson tells court about his co-accused Stuart Olding walking in. He said she was on top of him performing oral sex at the time. He remembers being a bit embarrassed but said he smiled and waved at his friend. He said it was kind of stupid.— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) March 7, 2018
When Stuart came in, Mr. Jackson tells court she turned her attention to him. He said she performed oral sex on him too. He said he then kicked off his trousers and started "playing with her" with his hands.— Frank Greaney (@FrankGreaney) March 7, 2018
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.