Beale’s alleged sex assault victim accused of ‘rubbing every man’ on the night in question

A woman accusing rugby star Kurtley Beale of rape has denied suggestions she was “rubbing every man” she met on the night of the alleged assault.

Jan 31, 2024, updated Jan 31, 2024
Kurtley Beale (right) arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney, Tuesday, with his legal team (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

Kurtley Beale (right) arrives at the Downing Centre District Court in Sydney, Tuesday, with his legal team (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi)

Beale, 35, is standing trial in the NSW District Court charged with one count of sexual intercourse without consent and two counts of sexual touching following an incident at Bondi’s Beach Road Hotel in December 2022.

The woman, who says Beale touched her backside and forced her to perform oral sex in a toilet cubicle, was cross-examined by Beale’s barrister, Margaret Cunneen SC, on Wednesday during her third day of evidence.

Ms Cunneen suggested the woman had been “friendly and physically demonstrative” with a number of men in the bar on the night of the alleged incident.

“You were hugging and kissing and rubbing every man that you met,” she said.

“I disagree,” the woman replied.

The woman, who cannot be legally identified, earlier told the court a “heavily intoxicated” Beale touched the bare skin of her backside while they were in a main bar area.

She said he later grabbed her head and thrust his penis forcefully into her mouth inside a locked cubicle in the men’s toilet.

The former Wallabies playmaker has pleaded not guilty to the charges, arguing the interaction was consensual.

Ms Cunneen suggested the woman had been acting “very friendly” with a number of male friends she talked to on the night.

“I had a lot of friends there that night, but Mr Beale’s not a friend,” the woman replied.

“You told Mr Beale you wanted to be friends,” Ms Cunneen said.

“Yes, because I wanted to reject his sexual advances,” the woman replied.

Ms Cunneen also suggested the woman could have left the venue after Beale allegedly touched her.

“You could have said, ‘this bloke’s too touchy for me, I want to get out of here’,” she said.

“Maybe,” the woman replied.

Ms Cunneen suggested the woman was excited to see Beale as he was an international rugby player and a household name.

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But the woman denied seeking out Beale’s company on that night.

Ms Cunneen also probed the woman’s relationship with her fiance at the time, describing it as being in a “very precarious position” following an argument between the pair earlier in the day.

“There were a few different things we were arguing about the day before,” the woman said.

“It was just a normal argument that couples have.”

The woman previously told the court Beale followed her into the cubicle, but she did not remember who followed who into the men’s bathroom area.

She said she would regularly use men’s bathrooms on nights out to avoid long queues at the women’s toilets.

“I just go to the one with the shortest queue,” the woman said.

“I never used to pay attention to the assigned gender of a bathroom.

“I do now.”

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