Banker, 31, ‘raped woman’ after she told him ‘I don’t have sex with people on the first date’

A woman told an investment banker ‘I don’t have sex with people on a first date’ before he allegedly raped her at his luxury £1m apartment, a court heard today.

Varun Venaik, 31, kissed and touched the woman intimately with her consent before forcing himself on her, it was said.

Australian Venaik is accused of raping the woman at his basement flat in Upper Montagu Street, Marylebone, on July 31 last year after they met on the Bumble dating website.

She told jurors at Southwark Crown Court they went for drinks in a bar before heading back to Venaik’s flat nearby.

He said “Do you want to come back to me”.

I said “sure”.

Varun Venaik, 31, is accused of raping the woman at his basement flat in Upper Montagu Street, Marylebone, on July 31 last year

Varun Venaik, 31, is accused of raping the woman at his basement flat in Upper Montagu Street, Marylebone, on July 31 last year

‘His flat was just around the corner. We went to him, chatted a bit at him.

We started kissing. That was consensual.

‘Then he got on top of me. We were sitting on a beanbag chair. We kissed for a bit.

I said “Let’s keep this PG”. What I meant by that was “Let’s slow down a bit”.

I went to my underwear. I pulled his hand away. I said I don’t have sex with people on a first date.

He said “fine, we don’t have to”.

She told jurors at Southwark Crown Court (pictured) they went for drinks in a bar before heading back to Venaik's flat nearby

She told jurors at Southwark Crown Court (pictured) they went for drinks in a bar before heading back to Venaik's flat nearby

She told jurors at Southwark Crown Court (pictured) they went for drinks in a bar before heading back to Venaik’s flat nearby

Later Venaik said he had to go out and meet a friend and she headed to Baker Street station on her own.

But the banker caught up with her saying he had canceled his friend and they went back to his flat for food and drinks.

The woman said ‘He started kissing my neck. I said ‘let’s talk rather than kiss’.

‘He pulled his shorts down, put my underwear to one side.’

She said it was then that he raped her. The woman added that she kissed him before she left the flat.

‘We kissed as we said goodbye,’ she said.

I did not know whether I could leave. I was very close to not leaving. I didn’t know what would happen…tried to keep things light and friendly.’

She said she messaged him after the incident.

‘I sent him a message,’ said the woman.

I said you did something I wasn’t comfortable with. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.’

Arizuna Asante, prosecuting, said that after meeting on Bumble the pair met up at a bar in Marylebone during the afternoon of July 31 last year.  (stock image)

Arizuna Asante, prosecuting, said that after meeting on Bumble the pair met up at a bar in Marylebone during the afternoon of July 31 last year.  (stock image)

Arizuna Asante, prosecuting, said that after meeting on Bumble the pair met up at a bar in Marylebone during the afternoon of July 31 last year. (stock image)

Wearing a dark gray suit, light blue and white checked shirt and a dark blue tie, the Australian banker told jurors how they met for drinks at the Kitchen at Holmes bar before returning to his flat.

Asked by Orla Daly, defending, what he thought of the woman, Venaik replied: ‘I actually thought she was lovely. Self-assured, optimistic, confident. There was really good chemistry.’

Ms Daly: ‘What sort of things were you talking about?’

Venaik: ‘Family, education. It was a light-hearted conversation.’

He suggested that they go back to his flat which was a few minutes walk away.

‘I mentioned that we could go to my bedroom.’

They went to his room and sat on a beanbag couch in his room and chatted, he said.

Ms Daly: ‘Did you think she liked you?’

Venaik: ‘I got a vibe that she did. We had mutual chemistry.’

Vaneik, of Upper Montagu Street, denies rape.

The trial continues.


A woman told an investment banker ‘I don’t have sex with people on a first date’ before he allegedly raped her at his luxury £1m apartment, a court heard today. Varun Venaik, 31, kissed and touched the woman intimately with her consent before forcing himself on her, it was said. Australian Venaik is accused of…

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