It’s been revealed that actress Zara Phythian, known for the MCU film Doctor Strange and who changed her name to Zara Marke following her marriage to Victor Marke, is now facing sexual abuse charges along with her husband. The 36-year-old actress and her 59-year-old husband have been accused of 14 charges of sexual activity with a 13-year-old child.
This information comes via Daily Mail. It’s been stated that the two began targeting their victim when she was only 13, in an effort to “recreate their favorite porn scenes.” The attacks allegedly occurred between 2005 and 2008 when the married couple were martial arts instructors.
As they’ve stated:
“The attacks are claimed to have happened between 2005 and 2008 when they were martial arts instructors in Arnold – but the girl went to the police about Marke and Phythian ‘at the height of her success’.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that alongside Phythian’s acting career, the couple were sports coaches who ‘commanded admiration and respect within the martial arts world’.
But prosecutor Ahmed Hossain QC said Marke, a taekwondo ‘master’, used his position of trust to ‘satisfy his sexual urges’ in targeting the girl – with his wife acting ‘as part of that process’. The child also felt like she was being ‘coached’ by Phythian during the abuse, the court was told.”
The couple allegedly gave the child rum before convincing her to perform sexual activities with them.
“Jurors were told that on the first occasion the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was plied with rum at the couple’s home before being ‘dared’ by Zara, 36, to perform a sex act on Victor after showing her how. After that, it was claimed the Marke abused the girl ‘once or twice a month’ for the next three years, and urged her ‘not to tell anyone’.”
The victim, who has not been named, explained how the alleged crimes of abuse first began:
“It was Captain Morgan’s Dark Rum. My mum did not like me drinking. I was not allowed to drink.
“Zara asked me if I wanted to play a game of “dare”, and started [performing a sex act on] Victor. She asked me to do the same.
“Then he took it in turns to have sex with each of us.
“I just tried to copy Zara’s reactions and emotions, the noises she was making. I had never received much attention from boys. I think I just liked the attention. It just went on from there.”
She explained that although she “knew it was wrong,” she “did not know how to get out of the situation.”
“I knew it was wrong, but I did not know how to get out of the situation, or say anything.
“I just did whatever they asked me to do. They made it seem like I was some naughty kid and they were helping me out. I just felt like there was no way out. They told me not to say anything.”
Doctor Strange actress Zara Phythian was charged jointly with her husband of 14 denied allegations of sexual abuse with the aforementioned victim. Meanwhile, her husband also faces an additional 4 denied allegations of “historic indecent assault on another woman who was 15 at the time between 2002 and 2003.”