Actor denies raping teenager claiming he suffered ‘sexsomnia’ sleep disorder
A former film and TV star has denied raping a 15-year-old girl, claiming that he suffers from a rare “sexsomnia” sleep disorder which means he can have sex while not awake.
Actor Simon Morris who is accused of raping a teenage girl at Cardiff Crown Court but claims he had sex with her while sleepwalking after a houseparty
Simon Morris, 42, did not believe he had sex with the girl until police presented him with DNA evidence, a court heard.
He told a jury that it was not rape because he had no recollection of it and claims it all happened while he was asleep. But his claims were dismissed as “feeble excuses” by the prosecution.
Morris said: “I have a history of sleepwalking, checking my phone, gyrating against door frames and having sex with partners in my sleep.
“I once engaged in sexual activity with a recent ex-girlfriend by climbing on top of her in the middle of the night in a blank state.
“I have also had partial sex with my current partner and gyrated against her leg.”
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Morris, who has appeared on the West End stage as well as in the Michael Caine film Shiner in 2000 and also in TV soap Hollyoaks, met the girl and her father at a house party in Newport, south Wales.
The party was a birthday celebration for Morris’s sister Lisa Parks who poured the girl two glasses of champagne when she arrived with her father. Morris had travelled there from his London home.
Sue Ferrier, prosecuting, said: “Morris took an interest in her – winking at her, helping her pour drinks and even offering her to stay with him in London.
“The girl got drunk on cocktails and her father put her to sleep in an upstairs room.
“Morris then checked on her after she was sick and carried her into another bed.
“The girl’s father tried to wake his daughter at 6am to go home, but as she was fast asleep he left her in the bed for the night. By 6.30am the girl was crying rape.”
The girl’s statement to police described how she woke to see Morris standing in front of her, touching her sexually before having sex with her.
Ms Ferrier told the jury Morris’s claims that he suffered from sexsomnia were “feeble excuses to escape the inevitable”.
The court heard Morris’s girlfriend Helen Cole told police he once tried to have sex with her while he was asleep.
Apart from his stage and screen roles, Morris ran a consultancy firm which has since folded.
He claimed he has undergone tests at a sleep clinic in Edinburgh to “try to understand” his condition.
The court heard that the actor, of Rush Hill Road, London, who denies rape and sexual assault, is currently unemployed.
The trial continues.