A well-known Irish celebrity accused of engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old girl has denied telling her to keep her age a secret.
The man, who can’t be named because of the nature of the charges, took to the stand for a second time today.
It was put to him by the Prosecution that he had taken the 16-year-old girl’s phone number and asked her to keep her age a secret.
He denied this claim, only replying, “I disagree.”
The man, now aged in his 40s, said he did have some sexual encounters with the complainant in 2012 but denied that the intimate relationship started in 2010 when she was underage.
He denied that the complainant had ever been in his house and denied he had engaged in a sexual act with her in his workplace.
The complainant said she met the man at Oxegen Music Festival in 2010 and told him she was 18.
After telling him she was 16, the man later reached out to ask if she could keep a secret; she told the jury she said ‘yes’ and they continued texting.
She claimed she performed oral sex on him on three occasions and the first time was allegedly in his workplace in Dublin city in late August 2010.
Under cross-examination, the Defence suggested she only revealed her true age after she turned 17, and he also put it to her that nothing of a sexual nature happened in his workplace or house, as alleged.
She denied all his claims.
The jury was told nine phones were seized from the celebrity’s home as part of the investigation.