A rape trial dramatically collapsed after a girl admitted she had based false claims against her father on the book Fifty Shades of Grey. Describing the case in her blog, defence barrister Cathy McCulloch said that her client initially had “absolutely no real defence” against allegations that he had raped his daughter eight times over a six-year period. However, after learning that the girl’s favourite book was E.L. James’ erotic bestseller and noticing parts of her police interview which seemed “beyond her years” the defence team speed-read the book and noticed “striking similarities” between the two.
Just seven minutes into cross-examination, the girl admitted she had made up the accusations because she was angry with her strict father and “wanted to teach him a lesson.” The jury were then ordered to acquit the defendant. Ms McCulloch wrote: “His daughter had given a compelling interview to the police and my client had absolutely no real defence other than ‘I did not do it.’ “The complainant’s interview was going to be really tough to crack. She had described not only what her father had allegedly done, but how her body felt as a result. “The only odd thing was the use of certain words, phrases and descriptions of how she felt which seemed beyond her years.