Together with her spouse, Doctor Strange actor Zara Phythian has been accused of multiple sex offenses, including having sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl who had been groomed by the actor’s father.
The pair is charged with 14 counts of sexual activity with the kid, who is now an adult woman, on a shared basis.
According to court testimony, an actress and her husband routinely had sexual relations with a 13-year-old child after grooming her.
A woman named Zara Phythian – who co-starred in Doctor Strange with Benedict Cumberbatch – has been accused of many sexual offenses, together with her husband Victor Marke, according to authorities.
After growing up, the girl informed authorities that the pair filmed much of her torture in an attempt to replicate sexual situations. She has since come forward to testify in her own defense.
Mr. Marke, aged 59, and Ms. Phythian, aged 36, both deny all of the charges against them.
In a police interview with the lady, which was played to jurors at Nottingham Crown Court, she recounted specifics of the alleged sexual offenses that occurred between 2005 and 2008, when the girl was between the ages of 13 and 15, and before the couple’s marriage.
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At the time of the incident, the pair were both martial arts instructors in Nottinghamshire, and the woman admitted to police that she had looked up to Ms. Phythian because of her martial arts accomplishments.
She said that the first offense occurred after the pair provided her with alcohol to consume and Ms. Phythian dared her to perform oral sex on Mr. Marke. She claimed that Mr. Marke then had sexual relations with both of them.
It was her admission to the police that she had committed a crime that she regretted. “I knew what I was doing was illegal, but I couldn’t figure out how to get out of the situation or say anything,” she explained.
At the time, I wanted to mimic Zara’s reaction because she was someone I looked up to and tried to emulate in every way.
‘No one would believe me,’ I said.
She claims that as the violence continued, Mr. Marke threatened to crush her kneecaps if she told anybody about it.
“He basically suggested that if I told them anyway, they wouldn’t believe me,” the woman explained to investigators.
“They’ve always had a lot of influence over me.”
Phythian, whose legal name is now Zara Marke, and Mr. Marke are both facing 14 counts of sexual activity with a child in regard to the woman, all of which are being prosecuted jointly.
Ms. Phythian would have been 20 or 21 years old at the time of the alleged assault, and Mr. Marke would have been 42 or 43 at the time of the abuse.
Mr. Marke is also charged with four further counts of indecently abusing a kid, all of which stem from a complaint made by another woman to the police, according to court documents.
She was 15 years old at the time of the alleged abuse by Mr. Marke, which occurred between 2002 and 2003.
Mr. Marke was married to a lady named Juliet at the time of the abuse, according to testimony given in court.
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The marriage, however, ended in divorce, according to the court, after Mr. Marke had an affair with Ms. Phythian, who was still a teenager at the time of the divorce.
The trial is still ongoing.