Championship striker and former Crawley Town player Bez Lubala accused of raping teenager after inviting her to Netflix and chill, court hears

A Championship footballer is accused of raping a teenager after inviting her to Netflix and chill, a court has heard.

Striker Beryly 'Bez' Lubala, 24, grabbed the 18-year-old by the hair, telling her to stop making noise and be a good girl before raping her, the jury in Brighton was told.

He denies the charge of rape.

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Bez Lubala in action for Blackpool

The woman, now aged 20, told police she made it clear she did not want sex with the player in several text messages before driving to his home in Horsham.

She sobbed and told the court; "I said no and he carried on. He turned into a different person. There was no kind of listening to what I did and didn't want."

"It was just like a stranger," the woman told Sussex Police.

Lubala was attracting attention from Championship and Premier League scouts after joining Crawley Town from Birmingham City when the woman said she was attacked in September 2019.

Bez Lubala in his Crawley Town days

The jury heard the striker, who joined Championship side Blackpool a year later, had sex with the teenager on two occasions before she visited him at his home.

The court heard the young woman slept with the player twice before - once in a hotel on the day he arrived in Crawley and again in a house he was sharing with other young players.

She then blocked him from her social media after starting a new relationship.

Bez Lubala outside of Brighton Crown Court

After the relationship ended, the player contacted her again by text message.

The jury heard the player told her he only wanted to watch Netflix and chill before she agreed to visit him a third time.

Emotional voice messages recorded as the woman left to drive herself home were played to the jury.

Richard Hearnden for the Crown told the court they could hear the woman say she felt violated in the raw, unfiltered account.

The teenager could be heard crying as she recorded the messages.

"I drove up to my friend's house," she said. "We've been friends for ages. We have slept together in the past.

"We were just chilling and it just happened and I didn't want him to. I told him I didn't want him to.

"I'm just driving home in the dark, I can't stop crying."

Mr Hearnden told the court: "She wasn't raped by a stranger or outdoors or in the street or in an alleyway.

"She was raped by a man she knew, in his house.

"She wasn't in a relationship with the man but they had been intimate before."

The trial at Lewes Crown Court in Brighton continues.