Anne Keothavong's husband claims he had entirely consensual sex with a woman ... trends now
The husband of former British tennis number one Anne Keothavong accused of raping a woman after a night out claimed the sex was 'entirely consensual', a court heard today.
Corporate lawyer Andrew Bretherton and his alleged victim went to the defendant's upmarket Kensington flat after a romantic date in May 2008.
It was there that the American claimed she was raped leaving her with devastating injuries after she was pinned face down on the bed and nearly suffocated.
But today, Inner London Crown Court was told that the sex was 'entirely consensual'.
The husband of former British tennis number one Anne Keothavong, Andrew Bretherton (pictured), is accused of raping a woman in his flat in 2008, following a romantic date. Bretherton denies the allegations
In police interviews read to the court, Bretherton denied the allegations and said: '100 percent, 100 percent it was entirely consensual. I was brought up to respect women.'
In the interview on 15 January 2019, 12 days after he was informed about the allegation, he added: 'It would have been consensual, there was absolutely no way I would have forced her to do anything she would not have wanted to do.'
Describing the events in the flat, he said: 'I think I helped her take off her underwear.
'She said she wanted to turn the side lamp off.'
After describing them sitting naked on the bed, he said: 'Then I remember that she was on all fours on the bed.
'I remember it was entirely consensual, but we started to have sex.'
Inner London Crown Court was told by Bretherton that the sex was 'entirely consensual'. Pictured: Bretherton with his tennis star wife, Anne Keothavong, in 2019
When asked about the alleged rape, Bretherton said: 'I think there was an impact. So she reacted.
'It was awkward, I can't really remember her saying something except that you should get dressed.'
The alleged victim then left the flat, and Bretherton said: 'We didn't really speak after that.'
Asked by the police interviewer if he ever told anyone