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Thursday 15 November 2018

Two men accused of raping teen after Derulo 'VIP party'

Jason Derulo played a gig before the alleged incidents
Jason Derulo played a gig before the alleged incidents

Two men have gone on trial accused of the rape and false imprisonment of a teenage girl following a VIP party after a concert by American musician Jason Derulo.

The men, aged 35 and 44, deny the offences, which are alleged to have happened in a vehicle at an unknown location in Cork city on June 27, 2014.

Boisterous

The 35-year-old man has pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to rape, oral rape, sexual assault and false imprisonment of the then 19-year-old.

The 44-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to anal rape and false imprisonment of the woman on the same occasion.

The accused men cannot be identified for legal reasons.

The court heard Mr Derulo is not charged with any offence in relation to these events.

Timothy O'Leary, prosecuting, giving an outline of the evidence that is expected to be called, told the jury in opening the case that Mr Derulo was performing at a concert that night in Cork.

He said that afterwards there was a VIP party at a nightclub, which was attended by Mr Derulo and his entourage.

The complainant was also present at the club.

Mr O'Leary said he expected the jury would hear that the party was "fairly boisterous".

He said Mr Derulo and his entourage then left.

Mr O'Leary said certain girls, including the complainant, were asked if they wanted to go to another location.

He said he believed the woman would say that she met various individuals in a vehicle at the second location, including a man with a cap and a second, larger man.

Mr O'Leary said it was the prosecution's case that the "cap guy" was the 35-year-old acc-used and the larger person was the 44-year-old accused man.

The complainant is expected to tell the jury that she was taken to the vehicle by the "cap man", where it is alleged that she was raped, orally raped and sexually assaulted by this man.

Mr O'Leary said she became aware of a second larger man, who it is alleged later anally raped her.

He said that the young woman, who is expected to give evidence on Monday, made a complaint to gardai.

The trial continues before Mr Justice Paul Butler and a jury of 10 men and two women.

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