Woman raped at Sheffield swingers’ club, court told

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A woman was raped by a cabaret artist dressed as Herman Munster during a halloween party at a Sheffield swingers’ club, a court heard.

The woman, aged in her twenties, claims she was attacked by the man in an indoor smoking room at Attercliffe sex club La Chambre last October.

Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, aged 45, of Shancara Court in Tingley, Wakefield, denies raping the woman and is expected to say they had consensual sex.

Opening the case for the prosecution at Sheffield Crown Court, Charlotte Baines, said: “The allegation occurred in an establishment called La Chambre. 
“That is a private members club that’s 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 chose to do so.”

“It’s clear that La Chambre makes no secret of the type of establishment that it is. 
“It is a swingers’ club.

“There are rooms upstairs in the club referred to as the ‘playrooms’. 
“Those rooms are for those individuals who want to engage in sexual activity and they engage with other consenting adults in various types of sexual activity - that’s activity that takes place between consenting adults.”

The court heard the woman went to the fancy dress party at the club with two female friends on October 27 and was dressed up as a vampire in a corset, stockings and heels.

Miss Baines said the alleged victim was a member of the Attercliffe club but never took part in any sexual activity and went there to socialise.

Smith was also with friends - one dressed as Harry Potter and the other in drag as Lily Munster - and the trio had been asked to perform as the cabaret act for the night and would be paid in drink.

Miss Baines said the woman volunteered to take part in some games on stage as part of the cabaret act.

But during one game she was locked in some stocks, leaving her feel embarrassed.

The court was told after they had finished performing Smith and his friends drank and socialised with the victim and her friends.

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

She said the victim and her friends became separated and Smith took her to an indoor smoking room where he started to touch her sexually and had sex with her without her consent.

A DVD of the victim’s interview was played to the court.

She broke down as she told the jury she froze.

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

The trial continues.