You just can’t make this stuff up.
A woman (X) is suing another woman (Y) in UK court for sexual assault — for Y pretending to be a man (Z) and having sex with X with a strap-on dildo.
Gayle Newland, 25, is said to have befriended the alleged victim X by posing on Facebook as a man named “Kye Fortune”. What is really confusing is that X also is friends with Gayle Newland as herself — a woman. Both X and Newland are students at the University of Chester.
Here’s a key to help you keep track of the story:
X = Unnamed alleged victim
Y = Defendant Gayle Newland
Z = “Kye Fortune” (who is actually Gayle Newland)
Over the course of several years, X and “Kye” grew close and later had sex in hotels in Chester, Cheshire. “Kye” allegedly bound her chest and wore a woolly hat and swimsuit to disguise her appearance, telling X “he” was self-conscious about “his” appearance after an accident.
X’s pre-recorded video interview and witness impact statement were played to the court and she appeared via videolink to answer questions from Judge Roger Dutton.
X told the court she felt “sickened” when she realized her boyfriend was in fact Newland. During their telephone conversations, “Kye” is said to have dismissed his high-pitched voice as a result of his Filipino heritage. When the couple finally met at The Dene Hotel, Chester, on February 22, 2013, Newland, posing as Kye, insisted X wore a blindfold. The two then had sex, with Newland using a prosthetic penis without X’s knowledge. The prosecution said that “at no time” did X consent to sex with the use of a prosthetic and in so doing, “the defendant sexually assaulted” her.
X later met “Kye” at her flat on June 30 and the couple had sex again but this time X became suspicious and removed her blindfold for the first time. Newland “pulled her hat down over her face and said ‘it’s not what you think’.”
Newland denies five counts of sexual assault which are alleged to have taken place between February and June, 2013. (Daily Mail)
In court, Newland said the complainant, X, knew all along and is herself a closeted lesbian. (The Guardian)