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Fan ‘begged ex-JLS star Oritse Williams to stop raping her in his hotel room’

‘Zombified’ fan ‘begged ex-JLS star Oritse Williams to stop raping her in his hotel room but he carried on anyway’

  • Oritse Williams, 32, is accused of raping the woman after plying her with alcohol
  • Woman and a friend went back to Williams’s hotel after a gig in Wolverhampton
  • She claims she was raped by Williams after returning to room alone to get phone 
  • Ex-JLS star Williams is on trial alongside his tour manager Jamien Nagadhana, 32

Former JLS star Oritse Williams arrives at Wolverhampton Crown Court yesterday

The friend of a ‘spaced out and zombified’ woman allegedly raped by Oritse Williams has told a court how the JLS star was told to stop but ‘carried on anyway’.

Williams, 32, is accused of raping the woman after plying her with alcohol and inviting her back to his hotel room in the early hours of December 2, 2016. 

The alleged victim and her friend went back to a hotel room with Williams and his tour manager Jamien Nagadhana following a solo gig at a nightclub.

After the two women left the room, the woman claims she returned alone moments later to retrieve her phone, which was when Williams pounced on her.

The alleged victim’s friend told Wolverhampton Crown Court how she then had ‘a panic attack’ before waking up on the hotel floor. 

She added that when she eventually ‘came round’, her friend how revealed to her what happened in the hotel room.

The Sun reported the friend as saying to the court: ‘She said she had been picked up and put on the bed and she was telling him to leave her alone and stop it and he carried on anyway.

‘His friend he was sharing a room with came over to the two of them while she was telling him to stop and was touching her and then she was telling him to stop.

‘I started freaking out, I think I was having another panic attack and ran out the room to ask for help.’

Williams, 32, of Croydon, south London, denies raping the woman while Nagadhana denies charges of sexual assault and assault by penetration.

The complainant said she had a ‘bits and pieces’ memory of the night of the alleged attack after drinking Malibu, sambuca and shots.

During questioning by defence counsel Mark Cotter QC, representing Williams, he asked the complainant: ‘Are you able to order the bits and pieces or is it impossible?’

Giving evidence from behind a curtain shielding her from the public gallery, the woman answered: ‘It’s not impossible, I could give it a good guess. The memories I do have, I know took place.’

During around two hours in the witness box, the woman said she could remember kissing a female friend in the nightclub, and that her friend was ‘grinding’ on Williams’ lap.

Jamien Nagadhana (pictured in October 2018) has pleaded not guilty to sexual touching and assault by penetration

Jamien Nagadhana (pictured in October 2018) has pleaded not guilty to sexual touching and assault by penetration

The complainant added that she did not have a memory of sitting on Williams’ lap at the club before she and her friend travelled with him in a taxi to his hotel.

Rejecting claims that she returned to Williams’ room and said she wanted to have sex with him, the woman told jurors she was attempting to collect belongings she had left behind.

After the woman claimed the alleged rape ended when she asked to see her friend, who was in a different room, Mr Cotter told the court: ‘I suggest that’s not true.

‘He was unable to perform sexually and that is how it came to an end. It was all rather embarrassing wasn’t it?’

The woman responded: ‘It is true.’

It was then put to the woman that her friend – who had said she wanted to be her girlfriend – had an ‘extreme reaction’ after being told of the encounter with Williams.

The jury was told the friend asked somebody else to get help, leading to police attending the hotel.

During his cross-examination, Mr Cotter suggested that ‘nothing bad at all’ had happened in the hotel room and that what took place was consensual.

Williams, who was on The X Factor in 2008, arrives at court on Tuesday where he denies rape

Williams, who was on The X Factor in 2008, arrives at court on Tuesday where he denies rape

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