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4 April 2012, 16:11
One of the men at the center of child sexual exploitation trial has accused some of his alleged victims of being prostitutes.
Eleven men are on trial at Liverpool Crown Court charged with conspiring to engage children in sexual activity.
Today the first of the defendants took to the witness box to deny the charges which he called “white lies” and “rubbish”.
He also accused one girl of being a racist who believed “whites were a superior race”.
The 59-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted having a prolonged sexual relationship with one girl who is alleged to have plotted with the men to exploit other young girls.
But he said he believed she was 18 and was a prostitute.
When asked about the alleged victims in the case the man said: “They were clever girls. They had a business empire which extended to Leeds, Nelson, Bradford. If they went on to Sugar's programme they would probably win The Apprentice. They did very well.”
The defendant, who is balding and was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt, shocked the court when he was asked a question about how one of the victims could describe his naked body.
He quickly stood up and took off his light blue sweat shirt to reveal his naked torso.
He said: “She would have seen this,” referring to his hairy body and back, which he claims she did not tell the police about.
He then threw a clump of chest hair on the floor and said: ``I only have to walk past someone to leave hairs on them.''
He told the court that one girl in particular used to cause problems and “corrupted” the other girls who would hang around in a large group.
“She never used to hide the fact that white was superior to any other race. The other girls were much much better...she sort of infected them, corrupted them as well.”
The man described the girl as a “bone in a kebab” and added: “I can smell a pig and I can smell abuse when it's being thrown at me.”
He also said of the alleged victim: “Anybody who wanted to try to have sex with (her), they would have sex with her. I have never had sex with her. There's a price on her. Anybody who pays has sex with her.”
The court heard that the man was separated from his wife in 2000 and had grown up children.
He told the court he had “needs” which is why he had a relationship with one of the girls connected to the case.