In a highly unusual move, the judge in Evans’ retrial allowed the prior sexual history of the alleged victim to be admissible in court evidence. The complainant’s previous sexual partners took to the stand and described her behavior in bed, specifically that she liked to have sex “doggie style” and used the phrase “go harder” while having drunken, but consensual, relations with them. Prosecutors argued that testimony could have been influenced by the £50,000 reward offered by Evans’ defence team for relevant information leading to his acquittal or release, though this was denied by the two new witnesses.Prior sexual history is not commonly admissible in English rape cases, and the decision to do so was criticized by women’s rights groups and legal experts after the verdict. “We are very concerned at the precedent which might have been set in this case for allowing sexual history of complainants to be admissible evidence. The rules which prevent this are extremely important and are critical in trying to secure justice in rape cases,” End Violence Against Women co-director Rachel Krys said in a statement. “In addition to this there are reports that the defence offered a ‘bounty’ for such testimony. This is extremely worrying.”

Quelle: How an Athlete Used His Alleged Victim’s Sexual History to Dodge Rape Conviction | Broadly