The black taxi driver who carried the lady home after she got wasted with coworkers assaulted her in her apartment, the court heard.
Jurors were told that David Jacobs, 61, picked up the City employee from Fleets near St. Paul’s Cathedral and took her to her residence in south London where he sexually abused her.
The lady, who was in her 20s, decided to go home at approximately 8.30 p.m. on February 3 after consuming a “awful quantity” of wine from the complimentary celebrating beverages.
CCTV footage of the lady falling backwards in the pub while grabbing her purse and coat was shown in court.
The lady remembers Jacobs requesting her to expose him her breasts during the trip, which she recorded on her phone, according to prosecutor Amanda Hamilton.
The jury at Inner London Crown Court were shown a tape of Jacobs stating, “You may as well let me f*** you.”
The lady claimed she had no memory of opening or shutting her front door and awoke the next morning sleeping next to a mound of her vomit.
Later, she told police she remembered a guy putting a dress over her head and having sex with her. He had a hairy torso and a pot belly.
Jacobs, a cab driver for more than 20 years, says the lady was flirting with him and made “sexual overtures toward him,” but denies rape.
He insists that the lady agreed to have sex in her apartment.
Jacobs was questioned by prosecutor Amanda Hamilton about his police interview, during which the officer asked him whether he had ever had sex with a passenger.
Oh, buddy, I don’t know, a few years back when I first got the taxi, [a lady] began talking about Fake Taxis (porn site), where the guy picks up ladies and if they can’t pay in cash, they have to pay in another manner, and all that. Jacobs had responded.
I’m not proud of it, but it was like an encounter even though I didn’t have sex with her.
So, did you respond in the affirmative when the authorities inquired whether you had ever engaged in sexual contact with a passenger you took into your cab?
I didn’t understand the query, I assumed they meant enjoy conversing, the married father of two said in response. With a headshake, Jacobs remarked.
I was under a lot of strain, and I assumed they were going to look into it, said Jacobs.
So this earlier experience was only sexual conversation and not at all sexual touching? Ms. Hamilton said.
Absolutely not, Jacobs replied.
Essex resident Jacobs denies being raped.
The trial goes on.