Former JLS star Oritse Williams has been cleared of raping a woman in his hotel room following a solo concert after the court saw CCTV footage of the pair “acting like a couple” outside a nightclub.
Jurors at Wolverhampton Crown Court deliberated for around two hours before unanimously acquitting Williams, who told the jury he had consensual sex with the woman in the city in December 2016.
The prosecution had alleged Williams, 32, tried to have sex with the woman, who cannot be named, and then raped her when she returned to his hotel room to look for her belongings.
The singer, from Croydon, south London, told his nine-day hearing that he had a consensual encounter with the complainant, which ended in embarrassment when he was “unable to perform” sexually.
The former boy band member’s defence lawyer suggested the woman’s complaint to police was influenced by the “extreme reaction” of her friend to being told of the consensual encounter.
The trial was told Williams had met the woman at a meet-and-greet event at a nightclub.
His barrister, Mark Cotter QC, claimed during his closing speech that the nightclubber had a selective memory around “tricky” aspects of her account.
Addressing jurors on the seventh day of the trial, Mr Cotter described the woman’s assertion that she could remember sitting on Williams’s lap at the club as “the understatement of the year”.