Reg Traviss trial: Amy Winehouse’s boyfriend had hoped for relationship with accuser

12:30 12 December 2012

The boyfriend of late singer Amy Winehouse, Reg Traviss, told a court today that he had hoped for a relationship with woman accusing him of two counts of rape. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The boyfriend of late singer Amy Winehouse, Reg Traviss, told a court today that he had hoped for a relationship with woman accusing him of two counts of rape. Picture: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The boyfriend of the late Amy Winehouse was optimistic of having a relationship with a woman he is accused of twice raping while she slept, a court heard today.

Reg Traviss, 35, denies two counts of rape and told Southwark Crown Court: “There is no truth in this allegation whatsoever.”

Traviss said the pair had consensual sex at his flat in the early hours of New Year’s Eve after getting merrily drunk together at three bars in central London.

Today he told the jury of six men and six women he had not been out for several months “whatsoever” after Amy Winehouse died.

He said the 27-year-old complainant seduced him by inviting him to bed when they got to his flat in Devonshire Street in the capital.

The film director, who was going out with Back to Black star Winehouse when she died in July 2011, said the alleged victim instigated sex between them and made no objections.

The next day he repaid her £25 she had spent on drinks the night before, walked her half way to the Tube, kissed her goodbye and agreed plans to see her that night, he said.

Asked by his QC Ian Winter if he thought he and the woman could have a relationship, he said: “I sort of came away from that evening thinking this could be really good, this could be the start of something.

“I wasn’t looking for a girlfriend but she is somebody I have known for a long time and that there could be something in this.”

When he did not hear back from her weeks later, after she had gone to meet a man in New York, he said: “I thought it’s a pity and that she had got together with somebody else or just blown me out, it’s a pity.

“I thought we would meet up again and be friends after a certain time had elapsed and just go back to being friends.”

Traviss, appearing in the witness box in his trademark black collared jacket and slick-backed hair, said he was shocked when the police got in touch in April with a sex allegation against him.

He was not initially told who had made the complaint and said he thought it might have been a stalker inventing an allegation.

The trial continues.

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