'I will go to the police and claim rape' - woman tells jury she threatened to blackmail a taxi driver
A WOMAN told a jury she threatened to blackmail a taxi driver by telling the police that he raped her – although she said that was the truth.
The complainant admitted she sent Easton Williams text messages asking for financial help to have a termination, Bristol Crown Court heard.
She then texted him saying: "Now I want you to give me some money for me. If you don't I will go to the police and claim rape."
She told the court: "I was angry, confused and scared.
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"I still would have gone to the police, because it is the truth."
It is claimed 72-year-old Williams would befriend young girls by offering them money and grooming them until they would agree to play drinking games.
The pensioner, of Ashley Road, St Paul's, denies 22 charges relating to four complainants.
They are: three counts of indecent assault and one of rape against one girl; two indecent assault, two acts of gross indecency and one rape against a second girl; six indecent assaults and one attempted rape against a third female and six indecent assaults against a fourth.
The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1992 and 2002.
Speaking via a live video link, and often distressed and tearful, the first complainant told the court she was aged 11 when Williams paid her to drink alcohol, smoke cannabis and expose herself to him. She said: "I was 11. What do I know at that age?"
The woman conceded that after being abused as a child, and raped, she "blackmailed" Williams by threatening to report him, but said her allegation was true.
She said: "I would have blackmailed him with the truth. Rape was not a lie. It is all the truth. When I was a child he did abuse me. It was wrong, he was a grown man."
It is claimed Williams, a taxi driver for many years but now retired, would make "inappropriate sexual comments" in front of young girls and even spoke of "breaking them in".
The jury has also been told Williams was in the habit of exposing himself to girls.
Williams was arrested years later when one of the women went to speak to a police officer at Operation Bluestone, a specialist unit that deals with sexual assault, in 2011, and claimed she had been sexually abused by the defendant when she was 14 or 15.
As a result of information given to them, police interviewed three other females who confirmed they remembered being given alcohol and cannabis before being told to expose their breasts and private parts and being sexually abused.
One girl said she had passed out and came round to find Williams on top of her, trying to have sex with her. When she protested he paid her £50 to keep quiet, the court was told.
Two of the girls claimed he had raped them during the games.
One of the girls had gone to the police about a rape several years ago but been unable to go through with her complaint.
The case continues.