here is our non-psychopath-looking irresistible brute
They talked about physics, astronomer Carl Sagan, and actor Christian Bale. She was “warm”, “friendly” and “animated” and, he says, invited her upstairs.
In the version of events given by a University of Toronto professor “things moved quite quickly and unexpectedly” one December night between him and a young woman who has accused of him of sexual assault.
“I was beginning to have second thoughts,” said Andrew Payne, 55, who testified on Wednesday that he ran into the complainant on Gladstone Avenue, near Dundas Street, and walked her home. Banter on a loveseat moved to the bedroom, where he stroked her hair and breasts and at her request helped her disrobe, he told the court.
Mr. Payne had a girlfriend at the time and he was feeling guilty over his infidelity. When the young woman told him, “I can’t do this, I’m too drunk”, he said he felt relieved and left.
The account, the first public one given by the accused, is at odds with testimony given by the complainant, who was in her early 20s at the time of the alleged assault in 2011 and described him as a “predator.”
The woman, who cannot be identified by court order, told Justice Geraldine Sparrow last year that she encountered Mr. Payne outside her house on Dovercourt, near Dundas, about midnight. After a brief conversation, she went up to her second-floor apartment, and recalled that the door did not close fully behind her. A few minutes later she said Mr. Payne was in her doorway, then suddenly on top of her, removing her shorts, panty hose and underwear and pushing her cardigan and top up her body. He fled after she stopped struggling, she testified. None of the allegations has been proven in court.
Under oath on Wednesday, Mr. Payne, who has stepped away from his teaching duties at the faculty of architecture, said he came across the complainant, whom he had met before, on Gladstone, near Collahie Street. They chatted at her house before she went to the washroom and disappeared. He found her on her bed, wearing only pantyhose, a long sleeve shirt and boots.
He testified he laid down and stroked her body until she told him to stop. He later resumed his advances and said she was “more receptive”. (he''s just a smooth winking Old Spice kinda ladies man I think...the Cassanova touch and all like that) He closed the door at her request. “I turned around and she said help me take my clothes off,” said Mr. Payne. He said he was surprised to hear the next day that she was angry, and grew concerned that his girlfriend, who had previously been a student of his, would find out.
The trial resumes next month.
U of T professor tells court alleged sexual assault victim invited him into her home, was receptive to his advances | National Post