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Former Big Brother star Jason Cowan denies sex assault

Former Big Brother runner-up Jason Cowan claimed things "got a bit frisky" with a woman he is accused of sexually assaulting, a court has been told.

Mr Cowan, 39, from Glasgow, made the remark to police following an alleged incident at a holiday estate in Lochgoilhead, Argyll, in December 2011.

He also later told detectives that he would never "force" himself on anyone.

Mr Cowan denies the sex attack and has lodged a special defence of consent. The trial continues.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how police detained Mr Cowan following claims he had attacked the woman in his lodge at the Drimsynie Estate on 11 December 2011.

Personal trainer

The alleged victim was there after her employer laid on a Christmas away day.

Mr Cowan was invited as he was employed as a personal trainer for the firm.

The woman claims she was sexually assaulted after falling asleep in Mr Cowan's chalet.

The court was told that the accused made comments to officers during the 45-minute journey from Drimsynie to Dunoon police station.

He was said to have voluntarily remarked: "She came into my room about three times - I put her into bed in the other room twice.

"I went to the toilet and when I came out she was in my bed.

"I got in beside her - we were cuddling and that, you know, a wee bit frisky."

Mr Cowan said he did not have sex with the woman - who denied in evidence going into his bed that night.

The court also heard Mr Cowan's later police interview, which ends with him being charged.

He again claimed they were in bed together and he went on top of the woman before "something must have registered with her".

Closing speeches

Mr Cowan added: "She said get off me - that was my call sign and I was off her. I would not force myself on anybody. I was off her instantly."

Mr Cowan insisted that anything that had occurred prior to that was consensual.

The court later heard closing speeches after being told there would be no evidence lead by the defence.

Prosecutor David Nicolson urged jurors to convict Mr Cowan of the sex attack.

Mr Nicolson added: "You have to decide who is credible and who is reliable."

Mr Cowan's lawyer Emma Toner accused the alleged victim of being a woman who was "not even convinced by her own story".

Ms Toner claimed there was an "absence of a Crown case" and said the woman's version of events consisted of "massive inconsistencies and wild fluctuations".

She asked the jury: "Are you prepared to convict a man of a crime on the basis of her evidence?"

Lord Bracadale will give his directions in law before jurors retire to consider a verdict.

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