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Katie Price’s stepfather denies being sex addict during rape trial

Paul Price and Amy Price
Paul Price and Amy Price

The stepfather of model Katie Price denied being a sex addict as he defended himself against allegations that he twice raped a woman following a group night out.

Paul Price, 53, said there was no truth in claims he used force against the alleged victim to get her to have sex with him in March last year.

At Chichester Crown Court in West Sussex, fence erector Price said they had kissed and fondled each other before trying unsuccessfully to have sex twice - but there was no resistance from her.

Asked by defence counsel Abigail Penny to address claims made by the alleged victim that he was a sex addict, Price told jurors: "Totally not."

He also said the woman never declined to have sex with him, or complained about the sexual contact they had. He also denied causing injury marks on her body.

Price told the court the woman had earlier been "very rude" at the £50-per-head Imperial Chinese restaurant in Worthing where their eight-strong group ended up leaving after finishing just their starters on March 21 last year.

Price said: "She was being really rude. She started talking about east London gangs and south London gangs.

"She was saying things to (a member of the group) and he was taking offence at it."

After leaving the restaurant, Price said he, his wife, the alleged victim and her husband got into a taxi after other members of the group went their separate ways.

But after complaining of feeling sick, the alleged victim got out of the taxi, followed by Price, while the vehicle then continued on to Price's house in North Drive, Angmering, carrying his wife and the complainant's husband.

Out of the taxi on Worthing seafront, Price said he and the woman laughed and joked, then started to cuddle, kiss and hold hands before she told him: "I haven't had sex for a year."

"I said, 'If you want to we can but we will to go over here and lean over'," Price said.

Asked by Ms Penny what her reaction was to the suggestion, Price replied: " She didn't say no, so I led her over there."

He said he held her hand with a gentle grip and that she did not resist, adding: "If she didn't want to come, she didn't have to come. She led with me."

After intimately touching each other, Price said he could not get an erection, telling her: "It isn't going to work, let's carry on."

After they caught another taxi, Price said they were laughing and joking, and he told her: "If you want to try again we will have to get out here."

Price said she was "fine" about leaving the taxi in order to try having sex a second time before they walked over to some bushes.

After kissing and cuddling, Price said they tried to have sex again but for a second time that night he could not get an erection.

They instead returned to Price's house where he said the woman had a glass of red wine while he locked up and dealt with his dogs.

Price denies two counts of rape.

In cross-examination, Price denied that the alleged victim told him: "Paul, I don't like it, leave it out."

Price said the complainant had given her consent for sex and told the court: "She was enjoying it, like I was."

Prosecutor Gabrielle Henty told him: "Mr Price, she wasn't enjoying it, she was scared of you."

Price replied: "Not at all."

In a police interview following his arrest in the early hours of March 24, Price told officers: "She wanted it as much as I wanted it."

He added: "I wouldn't force any woman to do anything they didn't want to."

In the morning, Price said the woman had left his house, and he later received a text message from her husband warning him not to contact them, saying he should consider himself "a lucky man" they were not calling the police.

Price told officers he was "amazed" at the allegations as he claimed the woman had consented to sex and they had earlier been laughing and joking.

Asked who had initiated sex, he said: "It was just both together. We were just having a laugh and a joke at the time.

"It was light-hearted fun which turned into something silly."

He said he disclosed the incident to his wife, telling her they had engaged in "a play".

Detective Constable Andy Hobden, of Sussex Police, said Price had no previous convictions or cautions and made no reply immediately following his arrest over the rape allegations.

Price handed over his clothes for examination and was taken to Worthing custody centre, where he was later interviewed in front of his solicitor.

Ms Henty said Price was described by the police as "dismayed, but passive, polite and co-operative".

The court also heard that the complainant was unsure whether she should call police because of the high profile of the Price family.

She also told police that she was reluctant to raise the alarm because the case could generate publicity and harm her livelihood.

The case was adjourned to 10.30am on Tuesday.