Former world speedway champion Michael Lee has told the court trying him on rape charges, that his work had left him so exhausted that he could not continue a once “adventurous” sex life.
Michael Lee, 55, was giving evidence today at Ipswich Crown Court where he told the jury that claims by the alleged rape victim that he took Viagra immediately before having sex with her were “impossible”.
He said: “I would have had to wait for at least half an hour or 45 minutes.”
Lee denied he raped the woman and claimed this was not the first time he had had consensual sex with her.
The court has heard allegations that Lee, of Worlington, near Mildenhall, assaulted the woman in a toilet causing her actual bodily harm and then raped her in December 2012.
Lee told the jury that the woman had injured herself by punching a wall during an “outburst of temper”. He accused the woman of being emotionally disturbed.
He is also accused of twice sexually assaulting another woman at a speedway end-of-season awards celebration at the Worlington Hall Hotel in November 2011.
The alleged victim of that incident said that when she turned around to see what was happening she saw Lee “laughing and grinning”.
Giving evidence from behind a screen the woman said: “I didn’t really know what to do. I was utterly shocked.”
Lee, co-promotor of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980 and rode for teams including King’s Lynn, Poole and Boston.
The trial continues.