Man dressed as Herman Munster ‘raped’ woman at swingers’ club, court heard

Jeremy Frazier Newsome Smith
Jeremy Frazier Newsome Smith

A woman broke down in court and wept as she described how her life had been ‘turned upside down’ after she was allegedly raped by a man dressed a Herman Munster during a Hallowe’en party at a swingers’ club.

The woman, who dressed as a vampire, claims she was raped by a cabaret artist in Herman Munster fancy dress at sex club La Chambre in Sheffield.

Jeremy Frazer Newsome Smith, aged 45, who is formerly from Wakefield but now of Regent Street, London, denies rape.

Asked by Judge Peter Kelson QC how the incident had affected her, she said: “This last nine months have been absolute torture. I have had to live with this, I’ve not been able to move on from it at all. It has completely turned my life upside down.”

The woman, who is in her 20s, claimed she became separated from her friends and Smith pulled her into a mirrored indoor smoking room and raped her.

Kama Melly, defending, said upstairs in the club were ‘playrooms’ where members went to have and watch sex.

There was a ‘dungeon’ downstairs and the areas were signposted ‘stairway to heaven’ and ‘stairway to hell’.

Miss Melly said on the ground floor there was a bar, sauna and swimming pool where members had sex and a giant plasma screens showing pornography.

The woman admitted chatting to Smith about his work with celebrities and sharing bottles of wine with him and his friends.

She wept as Miss Melly asked: “It wasn’t rape was it? it was sex that you regretted after it had happened?”

She replied: “I wouldn’t have put myself through all this if it wasn’t rape.

“Just because of where it was, it doesn’t mean that gave him the right to do that to me,” she added.

The trial at Sheffield Crown Court continues.