Former world speedway champion Michael Lee has today gone on trial accused of rape, assault and indecent assault.
A jury at Ipswich Crown Court heard allegations that father of four Lee, 55, forced a woman to have sex with him and assaulted her in a toilet ripping out a chunk of hair and injuring her hand.
Lee, of Freckenham Road, Worlington, near Mildenhall, is also charged with twice sexually assaulting another woman at a pub in the village when he put his hand up her dress during a speedway awards celebration.
It is alleged that afterwards Lee told the woman: “Nice thighs.”
The court heard that Lee has pleaded not guilty to one charge of rape and one of assault causing actual bodily harm in December 2012 and two of sexual assault between October and December 2011.
Charles Myatt, prosecuting, told the jury that Lee had a ‘chequered past’ which included using cannabis and being convicted for growing the drug at his home.
During the alleged assault in a toilet in which a woman was pushed over, Lee brandished a plastic bag which he threatened to put over her head, claimed Mr Myatt.
The court heard that following his arrest in February last year Lee denied all the allegations. He claimed that the alleged rape victim had been more sexually experienced than him and that the alleged indecent assaults in a pub had been only a ‘friendly squeeze on the bottom’.
Lee, co-promotor of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers, was crowned individual world speedway champion in 1980 and rode for teams including King’s Lynn, Poole and Boston.
The trial, which is expected to last for 12 days, continues.