She claimed Lara stood between the woman and the door and “demanded to know who she was dating and demanded that they have sex.”
“He grabbed her roughly. She tried to get out of the tub and out of the bathroom, but he pushed her into the bathwater,” McDonald said.
“She got up and tried to get out again but he pushed her against the wall behind the bathtub and used his arm to pinch her neck and throat. She was afraid.
“He kept demanding that they have sex, and to get out of it, she finally gave in.”
She claimed the woman said “fine” then was “let go” and engaged in intercourse in the bedroom. Prosecutors expect the woman to say she “spoke up about the experience and tried to convince herself she wasn’t a victim and treated it as normal sex.”
According to the facts agreed in the trial, Lara left New Caledonia on July 26, the day after the alleged incident, while the plaintiff left on July 28.
The court heard the woman initially only told a friend that she had gotten into an argument with Lara and that he had closed the door and “wouldn’t let her out” but did not disclose the alleged sexual assault.
The applicant later told a relative and another man with whom she began a relationship that she “was not released until she gave in to having sex”, which that man took to be sexual assault.
She only told another friend around March 2017, the prosecutor said.
The Crown alleges the incident left the woman suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, nightmares and trouble sleeping, hypervigilance, anxiety, persistent avoidance behavior, poor concentration and changes in her self-image and self-esteem.
The judges were shown a video of Lara and another woman – his professional dance partner – performing kizomba dances at the event to better understand the style.
Lara’s attorney, Luke Brasch, is expected to begin the defense process on Thursday.
The trial will continue before Judge Sharron Norton.
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