‘Herman munster’ raped me

La Chambre, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield.
La Chambre, Attercliffe Road, Sheffield.
Have your say

A woman dressed as a vampire was raped by a man made up as Herman Munster at a party at a Sheffield swingers’ club, a court heard.

The woman, in her 20s, says she was attacked in a mirrored room at Attercliffe sex club La Chambre.

Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, aged 45, denies rape and is expected to claim the sex was consensual.

Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court La Chambre is ‘a private members’ club commonly called a swingers’ club’.

“It is an establishment that opens its doors to members, who go with a view to watching or participating in sexual activity if they choose to do so,” she said.

“It’s clear La Chambre makes no secret of the type of establishment it is. There are rooms upstairs referred to as the ‘playrooms’.

“Those are for individuals who want to engage in sexual activity – activity that takes place between consenting adults.”

The court heard the club was staging a Halloween fancy dress party last October, and the woman was dressed as a vampire in a corset, stockings and heels.

“The defendant was dressed as Herman Munster,” Miss Baines said. “It was the Frankenstein look.”

She added one of Smith’s friends was dressed as boy wizard Harry Potter, and another was in drag as Herman’s wife Lily Munster. Miss Baines said the woman, who was with two female friends, was a member of the club, but never took part in any sexual activity and went there ‘just to socialise’.

The trio of men had been booked as the cabaret act, and were paid in drinks.

Jurors heard that, during the evening, the woman volunteered to take part in games on stage as part of the act.

In one game she was locked in stocks, leaving her ‘embarrassed’, and after the show Smith and his friends plied her and her friends with wine.

Smith told her he worked in TV and owned two television studios.

Miss Baines said, at one point, the three men and three women went upstairs to the ‘playrooms’ to watch and laugh at people having sex.

But she said as they made their way downstairs, the woman and her friends became separated – and Smith took her to the indoor smoking room where he started to touch her sexually and had sex with her without her consent.

The woman reported an allegation of rape to staff and Smith, formerly of Wakefield but now of Regent Street, London, was thrown out of the club.

A DVD of her interview with the police was played to the court.

She broke down as she told the jury she froze with fear.

She said: “I just felt as though I was paralysed. I was so scared, I knew what was going to happen. I didn’t know what to do.

“I had made it clear I didn’t want to be in the room with him. I didn’t want anything to happen at all.

“I just wanted my friends to come and find me.

“We never split up when we are in there because we are aware of where we are and what happens, but we don’t want any sexual activity when we go there so we never leave each other.”

The trial continues.