Re-Take That Robbie Williams tribute singer says rape claims ‘tore family apart’

He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
He appeared at Newcastle Crown Court.
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A Robbie Williams tribute singer has told jurors a rape claim made against him tore apart his family.

Peter Owen is accused of attacking a woman, who cannot be named, while she was asleep in a flat he was at overnight, between shows with his then band Re-Take That in 2013.

The married dad, of Staindrop Road, West Auckland, County Durham, denies rape and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The 44-year-old told jurors it was he who was sexually molested by the woman while he was asleep.

Defence barrister Anne Richardson asked Owen: “The allegation is, without her consent and while she was asleep, you raped her. Is that correct.”

Owen told jurors: “I didn’t.”

Jurors have been told scientific evidence gathered from the woman’s clothes proves there was sexual contact between them.

The court heard Owen was told to leave Re-Take that within days of his arrest and has since joined a new band.

He told the court he and his wife stayed together after the allegation.

But he added: “It tore the family apart really.”

The court heard Re-Take that were a professional band who had been performing as a four-piece for a decade.

The group did not always have a “Robbie” tribute, as per the actual group.

Owen denies rape.

The trial continues.