Argo's accuser 'drunk, flirtatious'

SAM PAZZANO, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

An Etobicoke woman who alleges former Argo lineman Bernard "Bennie" Williams raped her was portrayed by witnesses as a "flirtatious" partyer who invited several Argos to touch her breasts earlier that night, court heard yesterday.

Testimony from ex-Argo cheerleader Ashley Bonar and Argo defensive star Jonathan Brown gave vivid descriptions at Williams' sexual assault trial of the woman's "wild behaviour" during the Aug. 29, 2006, night of heavy drinking and partying.

Bonar testified in court yesterday while Brown's statements from a preliminary hearing were admitted as evidence.

Bonar and Brown testified the woman's bizarre behaviour attracted attention at the C Lounge earlier that night where she, Bonar, her cheerleading colleagues and several Argos were celebrating after a Stop The Violence charity golf tournament that day.

Bonar said her pal "was asking people to touch her breasts to see if they were real.

"She was acting quite wild, really," testified Bonar, 24, a York University philosophy student and part-time City of Toronto employee.

"I was concerned about her inappropriate behaviour, inviting people to poke her breasts. She was overly flirtatious with people," Bonar said.

The 6-foot-9, 290-pound Williams, who was a starter with the Argos from the 2003 season through 2006, has pleaded not guilty.

The complainant -- who cannot be legally identified -- testified she woke up to discover Williams assaulting her and she rolled off the bed.

She never mentioned the breast touching or advances she allegedly made.

Brown testified the complainant made strong sexual advances toward him later at Bonar's Etobicoke home until the intoxicated woman "became dizzy" and rushed into the bathroom.

"She was kissing me on my neck and chest and she says the room is spinning and goes downstairs into the bathroom," Brown testified.

He asked if the woman wanted some help. But she never responded, so he shouted "goodbye" to Bonar and Williams, court heard.

Bonar and Williams found the complainant passed out in the bathroom and tried to rouse her.

But the angry woman stormed out and went to bed, Bonar testified.

Bonar fell asleep and later, the "upset" complainant shook her, saying, "You've got to get this n----r out of your house or I'm going to leave."

After the complainant gave a statement to police and despite being warned by police to not contact any witnesses, she met with Bonar, urging her to remember details such as the thump on the floor when she fell out of bed.

Bonar also testified her friend said Williams "had touched" her inappropriately.

The trial continues today with Williams expected to take the witness stand.


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