SHEFFIELD United star Ched Evans – accused of raping a woman in a hotel – has denied ‘using’ her for his own ‘gratification’.
The striker, along with Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both aged 23, deny the alleged attack on the 19-year-old restaurant worker at a North Wales hotel in May last year.
Both footballers admit that they had sex with the woman, but they say it was consensual.
The woman told police she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution says she was too drunk to consent to sex.
Giving evidence at Caernarfon Crown Court yesterday, Evans, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, repeatedly denied accusations the girl was unconscious, semi-conscious or not in a state to consent to sexual intercourse.
John Philpotts, prosecuting, said: “She was simply a girl you and your friend used for your own gratification.”
Evans denied it, saying: “She was not very drunk. She’d had a drink, but she was not very drunk.”
Mr Philpotts accused Evans of leaving the hotel through an emergency exit, adding: “You left through that exit because you knew what you had done.”
But Evans said his hurry to leave was ‘because I didn’t want to be in the room in case my girlfriend rang me’.
The court heard Evans had invited McDonald and others for a Bank Holiday night out in Rhyl on May 29, and had booked McDonald into a hotel nearby where the alleged rape is said to have taken place.
The court heard McDonald met the woman and took her back to the room to have sex with her.
He then sent a text message to Evans to say he had ‘got a bird’ and was joined by Evans shortly afterwards.
Mr Philpotts asked Evans if he and McDonald ‘forced that young lady’ into having sex.
Evans said the first he heard about the rape accusations was a text from his mother the following week while he was seeing a physio in Sheffield.
The trial continues.