Investment banker cleared of raping woman he met on night out in Chelsea cocktail bar

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Banker ‘raped drunk woman after she blacked out at his Chelsea apartment’

“Shocked”: banker Andreas Wellinger An investment banker has walked free from court after being cleared of raping a woman he met on a night out at a Chelsea cocktail bar.

Andreas Wellinger, 33, was accused of attacking the woman at his flat after she “blacked out”, and faced claims she had come around to find him on top of her.

But the Austrian national told Croydon crown court the sexual encounter had been consensual throughout, denying he had forced himself on the woman.

Mr Wellinger met the woman, who cannot be named, at the exclusive Barts cocktail bar in Chelsea Cloisters in July 2016, they kissed in the bar and took a taxi back to the banker’s home.

He told the court they had “good chemistry” and a “mutual attraction” during the evening, telling the jury they were both “more than tipsy but nothing crazy”. Read more His barrister, Christopher Stimpson, suggested that the woman may have been pressured by friends into going to the police, knowing “deep down” that she “had a very embarrassing and regretful one-night stand”. She claimed Mr Wellinger had turned aggressive at the apartment, and then twice raped her when she was not conscious. But Mr Wellinger, who […]

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