What seemed like just another night out on the regular ‘Big Brother’ TV show ended up as one of thethat television has experienced in recent years. During his ‘Revolution’ edition, broadcast in 2017, the contestant Jose Maria Lopez was expelled from the contest after rape allegedly to Charlotte Pradoanother participant of the program.
The events date back to the night of November 3, 2017. Both contestants had begun a romantic relationship during the program and that day they were celebrating, along with other participants, a party at the house of Guadalix de la Sierra, where drinks were consumed alcoholic.
After one in the morning, and already in the bedroom, the defendant helped the young woman, who was half unconsciousto get into bed. According to the letter from the Prosecutor’s Office, López “knowing the state of semi-consciousness in which he was, he began to make movements with a clear sexual content, despite the fact that babbling weakly, he said ‘I can’t’.”
Next, the defendant pressed his body against that of the young woman “in order to satisfy her sexual desire, despite the fact that she raised her hand on two occasions as if wanting to tell him to stop». López repeatedly asked the contestant to open her eyes, but the victim remained motionless. Under the duvet, he “continued to touch, rub, and move with a clearly sexual content, stripping the victim of her clothing.” It was not until 1:40 in the morning when a member of the program who was in charge of viewing the images intervened, after the young woman uncovered her face and one of her arms “revealing her inert state.”
The case came to court exactly five years ago and it was last February when his trial began, but thisafter the absence of the young woman, who as a result of psychiatric problems was unable to appear before the judge. This Thursday, November 3, the hearing is resumed.
Finally, the trial will be held without hergiven that Prado resigned last week from. According to her already published by ABC, the young woman “waives to appear in court assisted by a private attorney and that she does not want her to be appointed a court-appointed attorney.” In addition, the lawyer who until now had dealt with the defense of the former contestant a few days before.
The case is in the hands of the Provincial Prosecutor of Madrid, who asks for the accused 2 years and 6 months for a crime of sexual abuse. He also claims compensation from the accused €6,000 for the moral damages caused to the victim, the same amount requested from the producer of the program for the damages caused as a result of the exhibition of the recorded images.